NSW SES Karuah Valley – Call For New Members

The NSW SES Karuah Valley Unit is seeking new volunteer members. The need for new members has come about as the demand for the Unit’s services has increased significantly over the last couple of years. This increase can be attributed to population growth and increases in the frequency and intensity of severe weather events, such as the Anzac Day hail storm at Bulahdelah.

The NSW SES Karuah Valley Unit was established in the late 1980s, with the current Unit headquarters being located at Booral. The Unit’s 10 members train once a week on a Monday night to ensure they have the skills required to assist local communities deal with the impacts of floods, storms and even tsunami.

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SES members – (from the left) Stuart Hay, Paul Howarth, Stephen Harris

The Unit is also involved in supporting other emergency services such the NSW Police in undertaking land searches for missing people and the NSW Rural Fire Service in providing logistical support in combating bushfires.

The Unit covers approximately half the land mass of the Great Lakes Council area and includes Wards River to Limeburner’s Creek, across to Bulahdelah and down to Tea Gardens. Last year the Unit’s 10 members provided nearly 5,000 volunteer hours by way of training, community education and in response to community calls for help regarding storm damage and floods.

NSW SES Karuah Valley Unit Controller, Stephen Harris said, “We are putting a call out for new members to help meet this increase in community need for assistance regarding severe weather. The NSW SES has a job for everybody and we are particularly interested in recruiting new members who have administration and information technology skills that can help us in our operations control centre.”

Mr Harris continued by saying, ‘As the NSW SES is a registered training organisation and with safety, team work and good communication paramount, many members find the skills that they develop with NSW SES very useful in other areas of their lives such as the work place.”

People interested in becoming a member of the NSW SES Karuah Valley Unit are encouraged to visit the NSW SES website www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteering or call the Volunteer Line on 1800 201 000 to obtain a volunteer information package.

For more information please contact Stephen Harris – 0427 254 897


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