Paul Burg


Camden Haven Unit

'I enjoy teaching people, especially newer members skills that will allow them to help someone else or rescue someone in a critical situation and that's what it's all about.'

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

I joined the NSW SES in 1996 as a 16 year old at the Port Macquarie Unit where I was an active member for 13 years before transferring to the Camden Haven unit in 2009. There I became the unit controller in 2013 I am currently the acting Local Controller for the Port Macquarie Hastings LGA.

In the last 21 years, Rescue and helping the community has become a big part of my life that I really enjoy aside from the day to day roles of the SES. I enjoy teaching people especially newer members skills that will allow them to help someone else or rescue someone in a critical situation and that's what it's all about.

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

I joined NSW SES as my dad and friends were already members, so it gave me an insight into what the state emergency service did in the local area. It looked like a interesting team to be apart of.

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

Being able to help others such as fellow members or the community, as well as learning new skills.

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

I have picked many skills a long the way, probably to many to list but a short list would be:

  • People skills
  • Incident management
  • Flood rescue skills (flood boats and level 3 tech)
  • Land rescue including (road crash, industrial rescue, large animal,urban search and rescue and vertical rescue)
  • Map and navigation/ land search
  • Media and public information
  • Chainsaw
  • 4WD
  • First aid

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

Give it a go! Join up, don't limit your expectations as it will surprise you how much you can do with a bit of training and support that you would not otherwise do.

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

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