Practicing a simulated boat accident rescue at an SES rescue competition at The Spit on the Gold Coast are Warwick SES unit members Vance Sinden, Matt Sondergeld and Janine Hegarty.
Practicing a simulated boat accident rescue at an SES rescue competition at The Spit on the Gold Coast are Warwick SES unit members Vance Sinden, Matt Sondergeld and Janine Hegarty. Contributed

Jumping to join the SES

WITH National Volunteer Week upon us there are many organisations for Southern Downs residents to rally behind and support.

One Rose City volunteer group which was thrilled with its new influx of volunteers was the Warwick SES.

Local controller John Newley said unit numbers had increased by 50%.

"We are lucky to have received 15 new volunteers after we put out a call for more people," Mr Newley said.

"With the other 30 volunteers we already have this gives us a very strong member base, which is excellent for the community.

"The new recruits have been training every Monday night since the end of January and only have two weeks left before they are qualified members."

Mr Newley said the dedication of the unit had allowed them to go from strength to strength.

"Over the last two months we have collectively put in over 11,000 hours for each month of training, activations and community events," he said.

"That shows the level of dedication our volunteers have when it comes to all sorts of jobs in all sorts of weather.

"At the end of last year we were awarded Unit of the Year for Queensland after our area office in Toowoomba nominated us.

"Everyone was very excited about the honour and it just goes to show how much hard work they put in."



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