National SES week celebrated
AFTER spotting an advertisement in the Daily News three years ago when he moved to the Rose City, Neil Sims jumped at the chance of becoming an SES vol- unteer.
After going along to find about what was involved, he became hooked and hasn’t looked back since.
“The reason I first joined was that I thought it would be a great way to meet people, being new to the community,” Mr Sims said, who along with his wife Jenny relocated from Lowood.
“I also felt I had something to offer. The majority of my professional life has been in management roles and I thought the SES would be a great place to put these skills to use.
“Being retired, I am available all the time, and being still relatively fit, I knew I had something to give.”
Mr Sims has been a member for more than two years and thoroughly enjoys contributing to the Warwick community.
“I love going the extra mile for people when you haven’t been asked,” he said.
“Knowing that you are able to help people out with something they can’t do, I really enjoy that.”
Mr Sims stresses that despite what people think, you don’t have to be crazy about heights or jumping off cliffs to be part of the SES.
“There is such a variety of jobs that every one can be involved,” he said.
As far as his most memorable experience, the big storm at Allora last year is still fresh in his memory.
“This one was a big job for us. One elderly couple had their entire roof collapse in their kitchen,” Mr Sims said.
“We were able to go in and provide a temporary solution for them.
“It’s great to be able to help people out like that.”
SES celebrations will take place this week across the country until Sunday.
This week is National State Emergency Services (SES) Week, and the Daily News will profile a few more hardworking local volunteers in the next couple of editions.