Taryn Rowe

18

Wingecarribee Unit

“It is such an awesome experience, you get loads of cool training, meet heaps of really nice people and you get to give back to your community! What more could you want?!”

When did you join the NSW SES and how old were you when you joined?

I joined the NSW SES in May 2018. I was 16 and applied at 12.30am on my birthday (officially), but I had been coming to training nights with Mum as an unofficial member for a while!  

What sparked your interest in the NSW SES? How did you come to join the NSW SES?

Well, I had some family history with the SES! Both my Mum and Dad are heavily involved with my local unit (Wingecarribee), in fact my Mum is the Commander and Dad is one of the Rescue members! But I have always loved helping others in times of need, and the SES is a great way to do that!  

Why do you choose to be an SES Volunteer? 

Helping others is definitely what motivates me! But being involved in such a close unit makes the experience even better, everyone is like family! 

What is your most memorable experience in your time as a NSW SES volunteer?

There are so many different experiences involving many of our fellow members, but mostly during community engagement events when I play the role of Paddy the Platypus! Especially at the Relay for Life event!  All of this was right before an electric storm attacked us and the gazebos decided to take off in flight towards the crowds! It was a fantastic experience that I’d never forget. 

What would be your top tip for young people who may be thinking about becoming an NSW SES Member? 

Don’t think about it, just do it! It is such an awesome experience, you get loads of cool training, meet heaps of really nice people and you get to give back to your community! What more could you want?!  


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