Steve Cliffe


Wollongong City Unit

"It's really rewarding to be able to help out people in need of our assistance."

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

I joined the Wollongong Unit 26 years ago and worked my way up from a field team member to Team Leader, Training Coordinator, Deputy Controller and now Controller.

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

I went through Scouting when I was younger and was looking for something to do afterwards. A friend was an NSW SES member who invited me along and I'm still here.

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

The variety of the work that we get to do and working as part of a team to solve the different challenges each job provides. It's also really rewarding to be able to help out people in need of our assistance.

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

Because we do so many different things there is an almost endless list of skills you can learn. I've learnt a lot of technical field and rescue skills through to incident management and leadership skills.

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

If you want to learn a variety of skills, meet like minded people and help people I can think of no better organisation than the NSW SES.

We also want to congratulate Steve Cliffe on receiving the 2017 Emergency Services Medal (ESM), well deserved!

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

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