Rescue volunteers among most trusted
Rescue volunteers are the third most trusted profession in the country, according to Reader’s Digest’s Australia’s Most Trusted Professions 2013 survey.
It’s the second year that rescue volunteers have been in the top three, with emergency services and professions that hold people’s lives in their hands traditionally populating the top of the list.
This year’s top five are:
1. Firefighters and Paramedics (joint winners)
3. Rescue volunteers
Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) includes 5,500 volunteers across the state. They rescue people from floods, storms and road accidents, assist the Police to search for and rescue people who have become lost in the bush or other areas as well as working to protect people and property at all hours of the day or night.
SES volunteers come from all walks of life and are united by a desire to give their time to protect their communities, giving their time to do so.
Victoria SES CEO Mary Barry said it was no surprise SES volunteers inspired such trust in the community.
“Our volunteers are passionate, committed and highly trained people. The work tirelessly for no reward other than knowing that their neighbours are safe,” she said.
“Not only are they highly trusted, they’re highly valued and respected. I think we all know where we’d be without them.”
Want to volunteer with SES? Visit our Volunteer page for more information.