by Mike Day, Local Commander | Eurobodalla NSW State Emergency Service - South Eastern Zone NSW State Emergency Service (SES) Batemans Bay and Moruya Units currently has about 55 volunteer members. The search is on for more before and the time to join is now.
SES has many different activities that our volunteers participate, all of which either directly or indirectly help the community. Everyone is familiar with volunteers who help temporarily repair leaks in houses or provide sandbags during flooding. Activities that some people don’t see are command, training and logistics coordination to help us help our communities.
Every Volunteer in the NSW SES have the opportunity to learn new skills - and complete nationally recognised training - that can assist with their current work, or be transferred to other SES Units around the state. There is the ability to transfer SES Units if you move towns for work, and most of your training qualifications can follow you from one Unit to the next.
Simon Hill, Unit Commander Moruya, says that he “wanted to learn new skills and contribute to my community”. Emily Chapman is a newer member at Moruya Unit and she also “wanted to give back to community, make a difference by helping others in their time of need and finally to meet new people”.
Emily also says that the SES has taught her confidence. “Being new, I am still learning but so far, I’ve learnt skills that can be used in the field, and in my personal/home life”.
SES Units play a large part in helping our community during severe flood and storm events. We are also accredited for road crash rescue, and Moruya assists people who needs rescue from heights and depths. We don't expect everyone to do everything, and we do recognise that some of these types of jobs are not for everyone. You can choose what you want to do!
NSW SES has just experienced of one our busiest operational periods ever recorded. Repeated rain events throughout NSW in the previous couple of years resulted in volunteers from both Units be deployed to Wagga Wagga, Menindee, Moree, Wentworth and Broken Hill. Volunteering to help other SES Units in other parts of the state is very rewarding and a great way to meet people.
Simon says that one of his most memorable SES events was “seeing the relief on a couple’s face after clearing several large trees that had fallen on their house and car during a severe storm”. We provide all the training you need to help our communities during floods and storms.
We train on a Tuesday evening from 6pm in both Moruya and Batemans Bay. Both Units have separate training calendars to cater for their different needs, however we do frequently train together to meet new people and to train with the people we will be working with during weather events. Our Open Day will be held at our Moruya Headquarters, 10 Yarragee Road Moruya, on Saturday 22nd of April between 10am and 2pm. There will be opportunities to informally chat to current volunteers about all facets of SES Volunteer life, see what we do, and have a look at our vehicles and boats. For more information about volunteering with us, visit: