SES leader happy to lend a hand to others
BRIAN Pitt knows a thing or two about the effect natural disasters can have.
He's tackled storms, cyclones, floods and fire for 25 years in the Gladstone region.
Mr Pitt is the Calliope SES group leader and he's passionate about lending a hand in desperate times of need.
The Calliope SES provides support for cyclones, storms, floods, crime scene/ forensic searches, searches for missing persons, transportation incidents, various rescues and providing support to emergency services.
"I wanted to put something back into the community, that's the main reason I started," he said.
"Sometimes you don't even realise the difference you make but you bump into them (victims) years later and they come up and thank you from four years ago. That's a continuous thing.
"You don't remember them but they remember you. You make good friendships."
Mr Pitt said he enjoys locating a lost person, the feeling is one "you can't put into words".
Helping people to safety in natural disasters is equally satisfying.
"It's a small gesture on your behalf. But their possessions and livelihoods have been totally devastated and it (helps) makes a significant difference to them."
Mr Pitt leads 42 other volunteers in the Calliope district, one of the largest in the Gladstone region.
"I'm on a pension, but it's almost a full-time job," he said. "There's always something to be done."
He also gets a kick out of passing on his knowledge.
"Someone will walk into the shed with not much of an idea and after 12 months they are fully skilled and climbing on roofs," he said.