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Celebrating SES volunteers

OVER the coming week, thousands of SES volunteers will be celebrated at SES Week events across Queensland as they are honoured for their outstanding efforts in helping their communities prepare and respond to emergencies.

SES volunteers respond to a range of disasters and emergencies including floods, storms, searches, road crash rescues and more.

In the last financial year, SES volunteers spent more than 92,000 hours performing operations, on top of more than 330,000 hours of training and preparation.

From responding to flood emergencies to trekking through bushland on search and rescue operations, SES volunteers do whatever it takes to keep Queenslanders safe.

SES Week celebrations kick off across the state tomorrow with the state-wide celebration highlighting thousands of SES volunteers.

Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said SES volunteers play a vital role in keeping their communities safe and prepared for when disaster strikes.

“These are remarkable efforts and demonstrate the true dedication of our frontline volunteers,” he said.

“The SES would not exist without the generosity of thousands of members.

“It’s my pleasure to celebrate these outstanding men and women and pay tribute to everything they do to keep us safe.”

Volunteers will be recognised at regional awards ceremonies, culminating in a State Awards Ceremony where winners from each region will be celebrated and overall state winners will be celebrated for their incredible work.

QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said the hard work of SES volunteers can’t be overstated.

“I want to thank each of the thousands of volunteers spread across more than 300 groups who dedicate their time and skills to help keep Queensland safe and resilient,” he said.

“SES volunteers can be called upon during floods, storms, land searches, road crashes and vertical rescues and often their response can mean the difference between life and death.

“Volunteers don’t seek praise or a pat on the back, but the impact of their efforts deserves to be recognised – I would like to thank every SES volunteer for their incredible spirit and goodwill.”

To join the SES, visit this website for more information.

The State SES awards ceremony will be held at 2pm on Saturday 16 September at Suncorp Heritage Lanes 80 Ann Street, Brisbane.

Keep up with the latest news and check out some of our top stories this week: Covid vaccination mandate under review and Far Northern achievers recognised at awards.

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