The ACT SES has seven units across the ACT and 250 dedicated volunteers. SES volunteers come from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all professions.
Membership of the ACT SES is open to men and women with a reasonable degree of physical fitness and a passion to do the right thing within their community. SES accepts members from the age of 16 (with parental consent) and from 18 for general membership. Volunteers who do not wish to participate in rescue activities, or are concerned regarding their physical fitness but would still like to assist, should enquire about the other duties that can be undertaken within Unit headquarters.
It is acknowledged and understood that volunteers priorities are family and work, however, in addition to training commitments, volunteers are required to respond to operational callouts as they occur. Volunteers respond to callouts within their communities, across the ACT, and sometimes inter-state as needed.
SES volunteers are expected to attend training every Thursday evening as well as the occasional full day activity or courses on a weekend.
The Commitment and Rewards
Volunteering with the SES
- Requires a strong commitment from the volunteer;
- Voluntary unpaid work;
- Irregular operational response at any time of the day or night; and
- You may get dirty, tired, wet, hot or cold.
What’s in it for you
- A great sense of achievement;
- Many unique and interesting experiences and opportunities;
- Nationally accredited training;
- The opportunity to make new friends; and
- The opportunity to make a difference in your community.
But the rewards are many – learning new skills, keeping fit, gaining valuable qualifications, earning respect within the community, having fun, being active as part of a dedicated team.
Health and Fitness
ACT SES recognises that in order to maintain a sufficient level of wellbeing to perform work effectively requires minimum standards of health and fitness of their members. Prospective members must provide a report from their medical practitioner vouching for their general good health and detailing any physical disabilities that may impact the performance of their duties.