John adds SES to his volunteer roles
THE 35 volunteers who man the Warwick SES station did not join the emergency services branch for thanks and praise, but during SES week that is exactly what they deserve.
"I joined to just be a part of the community organisation," SES volunteer John Holcombe said.
"I had wanted to join for several years and then the opportunity came up."
Mr Holcombe joined the Warwick SES in February as one of the newest recruits at the station.
It is not the first time Mr Holcombe has stuck his hand up to volunteer either.
"I have worked on a few rural show committees and stuff like that," he said.
"I really enjoy it."
He was raised in western Queensland, moved to Goondiwindi and then to Warwick 17 years ago.
By day Mr Holcombe works at the meatworks, on Tuesday nights he attends SES training and on weekends he helps out at community events.
"I helped with the search for the missing lady and at the car park doing the polocrosse," he said.
Mr Holcombe said he had learnt many new skills during his time at the SES.
"Vertical rescue, vertical movement, first aid and safety at heights such as on roofs," he said. "Storm season is coming up so it might get a bit busier."
Southern Downs residents can show their support for all SES volunteers through the SES Facebook page at facebook.com/QldSES.
Show your support
Pull out your favourite orange clothing items and wear them to work tomorrow for Wear Orange to Work Day to show your support for our SES volunteers.