Childers, Gin Gin and Bundaberg SES units amalgamated into the Bundaberg Regional SES Unit this year and saw over 18,350 volunteer hours completed.
These hours consisted of training, operational and other assistance to the Bundaberg Region’s communities.
The Bundaberg Regional SES Unit provides a wide range of experiences and training opportunities to prepare volunteers with the skills required to provide a professional response to emergencies and natural disaster situations.
Bundaberg Regional SES unit Local Controller Kieran Galey said this year had been a significant one for the SES across the Bundaberg Local Government area.
“The amalgamation has been extremely beneficial to our regional community to ensure the best operational response capabilities to those when in need during emergencies and disaster situations,” Kieran said.
“We have a stronger coordination and communication process with groups responding to incidents through a single coordination structure in a professional, timely manner.
“We have seen the development of a Swift Water Level 1 capability for response to flash flooding and to assist our colleagues in Fire and Rescue with the storm season.
“We have also seen greater development into our flood boat response capabilities and incident management.”
Kieran said this year had seen an array of successful grants, which helped the unit to enhance its facilities.
“The SES units within our local communities have been successful in various grants seeing the development of additional lighting in Bundaberg and the development of sand bagging capabilities in Bargara, Moore Park, Woodgate, and Elliott Heads,” he said.
“We have seen additional funding in facility developments at Elliott Heads and Gin Gin.
“Next year, the SES across our Local Government area will be developing further skills with swift water, storm damage, flood boats, incident management and search operations.
“We have our whole year of training planned and the volunteers are all eager to advance their skills and knowledge to provide better support to their regional communities when needed.”
The Bundaberg Regional SES Unit is always on the look out for new volunteers, encouraging those interested to put their hand up.
“The SES are recruiting all year 'round and we encourage all the community to come along and join the organisation,” Kieran said.
“It is fantastic opportunity to help those in need and to be active.
“Anyone interested in joining can jump onto the Bundaberg Regional SES Unit Facebook Page and send us a message, they can register interest through the QFES website, or even approach any of us amazing volunteers for enquiring to join.”
Kieran encouraged the community to remain vigilant as storm season had arrived.
“It is storm season and so we ask the community please tune into warnings, clear up any dead material around their yards and clean out them gutters,” he said.
“If roads are flooded forget it, if in need of SES assistance please ring 132 500 or download the Qld SES assistance app on your mobile phone.
“Stay safe this Christmas and follow our SES Elves on our Facebook Page as they travel across our great area amongst the communities.”
Find out more about the Bundaberg Regional SES Unit here.
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