"If you're thinking about it, do it! Don't waste time thinking about if you should join."
I joined NSW SES Hornsby Unit as soon as I turned 16. I am apart of the fleet team in my unit and help manage a large storm truck.
Growing up, my house would flood severely and SES volunteers would come help. At a young age I loved watching the men and women in orange outside my house and knew I wanted to be apart of it. My dad joined NSW SES when I was about 7, I can remember trying on his uniform and pretending I was chainsawing down trees. As soon as I turned 16 I applied to become a member and not even 2 weeks later I was standing in the Hornsby Unit. I always knew I wanted to be apart of the SES family.
My favourite part about being a volunteer for the SES is attending jobs and turning up to someones house, being able to help a person who is in serious need. It's always very rewarding when you get back into the truck or vehicle and look back at the job you just attended knowing the resident is thankful.
The NSW SES also sponsored me to be apart of Young Endeavour in 2017 where I sailed for 11 days alongside one other SES youth member.
I have also marched in the Mardi Gras with the NSW SES which was very memorable and exciting!
I believe I have learnt how to work with a team in difficult situations, I have learnt how to safely chainsaw and repair damaged roofs.
Give it ago! I have never looked back. I joined NSW SES in Year 11 and did my HSC. I continued volunteering in year 12, NSW SES was a great balance for me.
Thinking about becoming a member like Teon but not sure what you'd like to do? Find out about our various volunteering roles