Michelle De Friskbom


Bega Unit

"I am passionate about running realistic training exercises for our volunteer members, I love being part of an awesome team and family".

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role within NSW SES?

I am the Deputy Unit Controller and Training Coordinator at NSW SES Bega Unit, which means that I help the Unit Controller with the day-to- day running of the Unit and also manage the training side of the house. I look after the training needs of the members in our Unit, organise courses, plan and budget for training and scenario based exercises, and run the Unit training calendar. I have also been able to gain endorsements for a number of courses which means I can now teach these courses to other members.

Why did you join NSW SES? Anything that was deciding factor for you?

After transferring from full time Army in 2016, I missed the training and being part of a team. After seeing a local NSW SES display I decided that I could achieve both of these and also give back to my community, a win win!!!

What is your favourite part about being a member of the NSW State Emergency Service?

I love the training courses I have been able to undertake with NSW SES, especially joint training with the Rural Fire Service for flood rescue. I am passionate about running realistic training exercises for our members, I love being part of an awesome team/family and I get so much enjoyment in giving back to my community.

What are the various skills you have learnt along the way?

  • Storm and Water Damage Operations
  • Rescue Operations
  • Vertical Rescue
  • Flood Boat Operations
  • Flood Rescue

What advice would you give to others that are thinking to join?

You never know what you may be able to achieve! There's a job for everyone in NSW SES, especially given the new Volunteering Reimagined opportunities.

Sign up online and meet your local Unit.



Thinking about becoming a member like Michelle but not sure what you'd like to do? Find out about our various volunteering roles

Leeton Showground Racecourse Road
Leeton Annual Show
Leeton Annual Show Friday 09/10/2020 03:00 PM to 10/10/2020 04:00 PM
Back to top