We owe a lot to the committed volunteers at both Enfield and Prospect SES who service the City of PAE. We have been working a lot closer with the SES in recent years, not only to ensure that our city is prepared for any type of incident, but also to ensure that our community is prepared.
Teela Cumberworth has been with Enfield SES, one of the biggest in the state, for the past seven years and loves the variety of experiences she has had. The best moments stand out though, “It feels great to give back and know that you’re often helping people at the most vulnerable time of their lives.”
Whilst a lot of what the SES does with Council involves cutting down trees and stacking sandbags during heavy weather, volunteers are also involved with searching for missing people, assisting with road crashes, education, they often travel interstate to help with emergency situations.
Teela said the highlight for her is helping to find evidence at crime scenes “Nothing feels better than when you know you’ve played a part in solving a high profile crime and helped to find that vital piece of the puzzle to solve a major crime.”
As a long-time volunteer, Teela says that the SES is a great starting place for a career in the emergency services, “Training is high level and free so it’s a great starting point and opportunity to get trained up and have something on your CV.”
Because volunteers often fit their SES in around work commitments, Enfield SES is struggling to get crew members who are available during the day. Teela encourages people to speak with their employer as many workplaces have agreements that allow for leaves of absence for emergency responders.
For more information about joining, call 1300 364 587 or get in touch on Facebook. Enfield SES trains from 7pm until 10pm every Wednesday night and will be holding a recruitment night in August. Both Enfield and Prospect are looking for people to do everything from front line response through to admin, accounting, cooking and cleaning.