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SES says thanks on National Volunteer Week

Published 10/05/2012

During National Volunteer Week, the Victoria State Emergency Service is recognising the invaluable work of its tireless volunteers.

Over 5,500 volunteers work with the Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) across the state, working in 150 units to safeguard their communities.

 The SES works with communities to manage floods, storms, road crash rescues, earthquakes and even tsunami.

 National Volunteer Week runs 14-20 May. This year’s theme is ‘Volunteers – Every One Counts’

 CEO of Victoria SES, Mary Barry, said the organisation's staff all worked to support volunteers, providing training opportunities, resources and support.

 "On behalf of all of us at the SES, I'd like to publicly thank all of our volunteers. The work they do and the time they freely give cannot be overestimated.

"SES volunteers are getting up in the middle of the night to help their communities in their times of greatest need.

Last year ended with a hailstorm in Melbourne on Christmas day, and major floods struck north east Victoria in March. On both occasions, SES volunteers worked tirelessly and travelled far to protect lives and properties.

“Our volunteers are helping their communities 24 hours a day 7 days a week when they are affected by storms and road accidents, and by helping their fellow emergency services."

 There is a role for everyone at the SES. Volunteers from all walks of life fulfil a variety of roles, from operating a chainsaw to administration to supporting operations during a major emergency.

 Want to join our ranks? Here is some information on volunteering.