SES Wagga unit recruiting new volunteers for 2018

HELP OUT: Samantha Cheater and Madison Harvey are some of the "Orange Heroes" at Wagga's SES unit, and now they're looking for more volunteers. Picture: Les Smith
HELP OUT: Samantha Cheater and Madison Harvey are some of the "Orange Heroes" at Wagga's SES unit, and now they're looking for more volunteers. Picture: Les Smith

They’re here to help us whenever a nasty storm hits, but now they need your help.

The State Emergency Service’s Wagga unit has started work for 2018, and they’re on the lookout for eager new volunteers to join their ranks.

Madison Harvey, a deputy local controller for Wagga, said there’s a role for absolutely everyone.

“No qualifications needed at all – you come along on a training night, get a feel for the place, get a feel for some of the guys here, then go online and fill in an application form,” Ms Harvey said.

“From there, we figure out what really interests you – do you want to go out into the field and be the orange hero as such, doing chainsaw work, doing roof work, or do you want to stay back inside where it’s dry and do all the computer work and the management side of things?”

If time is an issue, Ms Harvey said the SES can work around just about anybody’s schedule.

“With flexible volunteering, you can come in once or twice a year – whenever you have the time,” she said.

Samantha Cheater has been volunteering with the SES for two years and has loved every bit of it.

“The entire experience for me has been incredibly rewarding – seeing how this unit has grown and making all the friends that I’ve made over the two years I’ve been here has been absolutely phenomenal,” Ms Cheater said.

“Definitely just get in there and give it a go, it’s just a fantastic experience – you’ll make so many friends, you yourself will feel rewarded because you get to get out there and help people out, and you just learn so much.”

If you’re interested in joining the ranks of the SES, training is held at 6:30 on Wednesday evenings at 208 Fernleigh Road.