Brian Pitt of the Calliope SES.
Brian Pitt of the Calliope SES. Tom Huntley

SES desperate for new volunteers

WITH this year's bushfire season shaping up to be severe, now's the time to step up and volunteer.

Brian Pitt, group leader of the Calliope State Emergency Service, said the SES helped with everything apart from frontline firefighting.

The SES provides the community with trained volunteers.

"We provide support to the rural fire brigade with additional man power, transport, traffic control, communications and any other human resources they need," he said.

"Calliope was put on standby last weekend due to the fires."

Mr Pitt said the SES stayed in close contact with the Rural Fire Brigade throughout bushfire season.

"Last fire season, we were doing a lot of assisting with re-filling the water bombers," Mr Pitt said.

"We also do a lot of traffic control on the highways, if there's smoke or flames over the roads."

Mr Pitt said there was a dire need for volunteers right across the region.

"We have less volunteers than we've had previously," he said.

"Over the years, the 12-hour roster has been a real killer for volunteers; we've all felt the effects.

"We're now well into bushfire season and with storm season coming up, it's crucial we get volunteers trained up."

Mr Pitt said no particular skills were required to join the SES and all training would be provided.

If you are over 16 years and interested in joining the SES, please phone 0427 090 261.

Most SES groups meet for training once a week, and training usually runs for about two hours.

 

The State Emergency Service

There are eight SES groups within the Gladstone region

  1. Gladstone
  2. Mount Larcom
  3. Calliope
  4. Boyne Island and Tannum Sands
  5. Agnes Water
  6. Miriam Vale
  7. Baffle Creek
  8. Rosedale


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