'The opportunities to gain new skills as well as travelling for training and operations is pretty rewarding.'
I'm 18 years old and one of only two women in my Unit, I'm currently working towards my Storm Water Damage Operator qualification and becoming a Flood Rescue Level 3 Technician. I'm the Community Engagement Officer at my Unit and was recently made a Deputy Team Leader.
I was going through a rough point of my teenage years and decided that volunteering might be a good way to make some positive changes in my life.
One day a tree fell down in my yard and my local NSW SES Unit stopped past to check on me and my family. I was curious about volunteering and asked about the SES and how I could get involved. I decided to give it a go and it has been the best thing I've ever done.
The people i get to meet, its like one big family. I've gained so many friends and a lot are like family to me now. The opportunities to gain new skills as well as travelling for training and operations is pretty rewarding.
Currently working on Storm Water Damage training, Community Education skills, Beacon (learning internal job tasking system) and taking on Duty Officer roles.
Give it a go, it is absolutely worth it. Flexible volunteering means there is a role for everyone and its flexible!
You put in what you want to get out of it! There are no limits to what you can achieve within the NSW SES.
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