The Bargara Group of the State Emergency Service (SES) is appealing for volunteers to join their team.
Those interested in helping their community during disasters are invited to an information evening at 18 Potters Road, behind Bargara State School, on Wednesday 29 January starting at 6pm.
With an active membership of six serving an expanding coastal population, new members are assured of not being lost in the crowd and of many opportunities for hands-on training.
Bargara SES has assigned functions of storm and water damage, search and rescue, incident management, logistics support and community education.
The group meets for training fortnightly on Wednesday nights, and joins with the wider Bundaberg Unit to attain formal qualifications and to manage larger incidents.
The group is led by Martin Cole, a figure well known in Bargara volunteer emergency services through his long association with Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club.
“We’re looking for those fit for task, not the iron men and women, those able to travel to Bargara, not necessarily living and working there,” he said.
“If you’re keen to bring your life experience and energy to us for a few hours a fortnight and a few weekends a year, we’ll equip you and train you and fold you into the team.
“A team dedicated to assisting the community in disasters in ways greater than you can alone.”
Bargara joins other Bundaberg Region SES groups in recruiting now.
Mr Cole explained that by conducting a single coordinated intake, the new cohort was given a structured training program over the less-busy months to be ready for the coming cyclone season.
All Bundaberg Region groups are also combining for another new member information night at the Kendalls Road, Branyan headquarters at 7pm, Monday 3 February.
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