William Chi


Parramatta Unit

'Great things never come from comfort zones'

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

As a high school student, I spare no effort to stretch myself in studying and also strive to be actively involved in the community by joining the State Emergency Service. Helping the community is considered a lifelong goal of mine. This goal will definitely lead me to fulfillment and satisfaction. In pursuit of this, I find that volunteering is a perfect way to provide great leisure to myself outside of school.

I am a member of the NSW SES where I joined the Parramatta unit at the age of 16. The NSW SES has taught me lifelong skills that will enable me to expound on my knowledge as well as hands-on capabilities.

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

It was a dream and a lifelong goal of mine in joining the emergency services and helping people. As a high school student, joining the SES helped me balance out my school life while allowing me to attain lifelong skills. The SES uses a range of volunteers who are helpful and knowledgeable and who will be able to help anyone at any time.

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

The NSW SES is very diverse which allowed me to interact with members of the SES and the community. The favorite part of being a member of the SES is attending community events and visiting other inter-agency organisations. This allows me to interact with the community extensively and build up more knowledge on other day to day roles at other emergency agencies respectively.


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

Within one year of joining the SES, it has elevated my skill set drastically. Skills such as identifying risks and hazards, correct use of radio equipment, basic knowledge on flood rescue, asbestos awareness, emergency management, first aid etc. These are lifelong skills that are limited outside of the SES whereby this is why I am reluctant in being part of the SES family.


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

"Most people underestimate what they can do outside their boundries". Joining the SES allows for great insights into a better future where friendships can be formed and skill capabilities can be increased. "Never underestimate your power to go beyond yourself"

Thinking about becoming a member like Will but not sure what you'd like to do? Find out about our various Volunteering Roles

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