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Now's your chance to volunteeer

Published 05/08/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service's (SES) Hastings Unit is looking to add some new members to their roster.

Based in Central Hastings, the unit currently includes ten active volunteers who are mainly available outside of working hours, so are especially keen for members who may be available during the day.

Hastings SES' services extend to surrounding suburbs such as Mornington, Somerville and Mt Martha, providing flood and storm damage response as well as search and rescue and assistance to other emergency services such as the police with crime scene preservation. With a rotating roster, volunteers are ‘on call’ 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Priscilla Grimme, SES Volunteer Support Officer said the unit was looking for members who could be called out during and after working hours.

SES Volunteers receive accredited training in skills such as first aid, OH&S, communications, chainsaw operation and lighting. Senior volunteers go on to undertake 4WD training, mapping and navigation and rooftop safety training.

"If getting up in the wind and rain at 2am to help people in an emergency is not for you, there could still be a place for you at Hastings SES," said Ms Grimme.

"They also need members to do training and administration duties. Maybe you're recently retired and looking at helping the community? You can help out with maintenance of vehicles, equipment or even the headquarters. Maybe you would like to be a radio operator or manage the operations from the unit?" She said.

An information session is on Monday 19 August at 7.30pm at Hastings SES headquarters - Frankston Flinders Rd, Hastings.

For more information, contact Priscilla on 9684 6699 during business hours or hastings@ses.vic.gov.au