SES Week shines a light on local heroes

SES Week
To commemorate SES Week local SES members attended the Queensland awards ceremony in Gympie.

This week Bundaberg State Emergency Service will shine a spotlight on the spirit and dedication of their volunteers during SES Week.

Bundaberg SES local controller Kieran Galey said the week was designed so the local community could say thank you to the volunteers.

“It’s a chance for the community to say thank you to the SES members for all their hard work, dedication and tireless effort they give,” Kieran said.

“In the past year the local SES have worked hard with events like the Deepwater and Woodgate fires, and local storm activities.

“And this week also gives our volunteers a chance to mingle with other SES members.”

SES Week 2019 is also an opportunity to raise public awareness of the dedication and commitment of SES members and the invaluable services they perform within their communities.

The celebrations include award ceremonies held statewide throughout SES Week, culminating in the Queensland State Awards Ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday, 19 October.

The award ceremonies provide a rare opportunity to say thank you to particular SES members that have clocked up several years of service, or to those that have undertaken their role in an exceptional way.

Kieran said the Bundaberg SES Unit was nominated for three awards and on Sunday, 13 October two members were given service medals to recognise their years of selfless volunteering.

Local SES members awarded for service

Bundaberg SES member Mark Kipp received his SES Meritorious Service Medal for 15 years of service.

The SES Meritorious Service Medal is a state level award that recognises the dedication of service and mirrors the purpose and intent of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Medal.  

Kieran received his Diligent and Ethical Service Medal for 10 years of commitment.

Acting QFES Commissioner Michael Wassing said it took a certain kind of person to be a SES volunteer.

“They must be willing to dedicate time to training, respond to emergencies at any time of the day and night and help strangers in need,” he said.

“Whether they are working with the community, performing search and rescue operations, or responding to a flood, or storm event, the orange uniform represents total commitment to help and protect the community.”

Mr Wassing paid a special tribute to the SES leaders, saying those roles require honesty, integrity and courage, which were some of the core QFES values.

“They lead by example, standing with and supporting their crews through stressful and dangerous situations,” he said.

Bundaberg SES is always looking for more members who are willing to help the community in its time of need; to join click here.