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Footscray SES Unit information night

Published 04/10/2012

The Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) Footscray Unit will hold an information night on Monday 15 October for potential members.

The unit is looking for volunteers who are interested in serving and supporting their local community in a practical way. The Footscray Unit provides a professional volunteer rescue service to the residents of the cities of Maribyrnong and Melbourne.

For 50 years the Footscray SES Unit has responded to incidents and disasters such as floods and storms, provided support during bushfires and assisted other emergency services such as police. Members have also been deployed to assist other SES units in both Victoria and interstate during major disaster events such as the 2011 Christmas Day Storms, Victorian floods in 2011 and 2012, and the Victorian bushfires in 2009. 

The Footscray Unit responds to a wide range of incidents.

Members at Footscray are passionate about educating residents about storm and flood preparation and safety and are seen at many community events and activities throughout the cities of Maribyrnong and Melbourne, offering advice and information on how to prepare and manage during storms and floods. 

An information night will be held on Monday 15 October at 7pm at the Maribyrnong Council Depot, 95 Sunshine Road West Footscray, where the unit is based. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the SES and meet some of the unit’s volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for operational duties with training provided upfront. Volunteers work in crews to respond to incidents and emergencies, with crews active one week in every four. Members are also expected to attend weekly training nights and specialist training courses which offer recognised qualifications.

Volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life, and are united by their desire to help their community.

You just need to be aged 18 years or over and be prepared to undergo a Police Check – which the unit will pay for.

There are also roles available to volunteers in administration, fundraising, community education and public relations.

For more information on volunteering with the SES to support your community while gaining skills and training, visit our Volunteer page