A worthy reward
Brad Dalgleish’s achievements as an SES volunteer are well recognised, but they started in a humble fashion.
Brad first volunteered with the Brimbank unit in 1990. A member of the Venturers, he was just looking to clock 100 hours of community service so he could get his Queen’s Scout Badge.
Heading down to the SES wasn’t even his idea. He followed a mate down.
“I’d never considered anything like that. I came along for moral support,” he says.
But, after two years of basic training with the SES, Brad turned 18 and had to decide if he was going to move from Venturers to Rovers, or stick with the SES.
“I had to make the call, because training was on the same night as Rovers. I realised I’d been bitten by the bug, and I chose the SES.”
It was a good choice. Last week Brad was awarded with an Emergency Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, recognising his 21 years of service to his community and his unit.
“I never did get that Queen’s Scout Badge though,” he says.
Brad has served as Controller of his unit for eight years now, and started working full-time at SES State Headquarters in August. He pours his energy into supporting his fellow volunteers.
He has “endless” memories of his time with the service, including leading his unit through its name change from Keilor to Brimbank, and being the spokesperson on behalf of so many volunteers over the years.
“I do enjoy managing larger events; seeing the achievements and where we can improve, then making those improvements,” he says.
“The Christmas Day event was quite large, and we came away with strategies where we think we can improve things.”
The unit hasn’t had the opportunity to test their learnings. While they’re eager to do so, that is tempered by the knowledge that it’s another large-scale storm or flood that will give them the opportunity.
“Mainly, I like meeting all the people. All the new volunteers and partners, and all the new friendships over the years.”