TOP GONG: After 25 years of devoted service to the Calliope SES, Brian Pitt has been awarded for his ongoing support and dedication.
TOP GONG: After 25 years of devoted service to the Calliope SES, Brian Pitt has been awarded for his ongoing support and dedication. Mike Richards

SES volunteer values positive moments

BRIAN Pitt has been there for the evacuation of every major city in Queensland in the past 25 years.

"It's a tough thing to go to and see people's livelihoods destroyed," he said.

"You have a significant amount of mutual respect for these people and sometimes strike up an ongoing friendship."

Mr Pitt said the best days are usually when you least expect it.

"If someone has lost a kid that was in the scrub or bush, you are walking around thinking the worst," he said.

"Then you find them alive and well. Some things just turn out so fantastic. It's one of the best feelings."

He joined at the age of 27 with a passion to help.

Now at the age of 52 he spends most of his time at the SES headquarters in Calliope.

"I enjoy when you are actually training people. They don't know anything and within 6-8 months they're doing some pretty skilled operations."

Mr Pitt was recently awarded for his dedication and support for the Calliope SES Group and greater Gladstone area at the SES central region awards.



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