The State Emergency Service are asking locals to consider seeing themselves in orange as they undertake a recruitment campaign.
This includes the Mudgee SES holding an open day at their 72-74 Depot Road headquarters from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, September 10.
It’s an opportunity to find out more about the organisation, have a chat to members and check out activities such as equipment demonstrations.
RealFM will also be broadcasting live from the unit that morning.
The Mudgee Unit are recruiting for operations staff – radio and beacon – field volunteers.
Volunteer Teagan Southwell said, “it’s giving back to the community”.
Deputy local controller Jason Thurlow added, “it gives you a sense of purpose, you’re a valued member of the community, and you’re there for people in times of need”.
They’re seeking new volunteers aged 18 to 30, but definitely not restricting their search to that window.
Wendy Harmer is proud to say she’s joined the organisation later in life.
“I’m only a new recruit and I love it, my son joined as well, I think it’s great it gives you the sense of ‘doing something’,” she said.
The local unit trains Tuesday evenings, 7-9.30pm.
Volunteer Maddie Thurlow said, “it’s a great team environment and there’s plenty of opportunities to gain registered nationally recognised training”.
The organisation now offers ‘flexible volunteering’ and while a commitment to training is still required, it’s not quite as stringent as before.
However, as deputy controller Thurlow said, “what you get out of it is what you put in”.
The NSW SES is a Registered Training Organisation, so you can also receive nationally accredited competencies as a volunteer.
The SES are the lead agency for flood and storm in the state, it’s a volunteer-based organisation formed of approximately 9,000 members across NSW.
To apply online visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/volunteer/
More information on the Mudgee Unit Facebook page.