BEING part of a small community is all about working as a team.

For George James volunteering came naturally as he worked as a railway station master for 37 years in the small Central Queensland towns of Bluff, Blackwater, Baralaba and Duaringa.

George has been volunteering with the ambulance service for more than 30 years in Central Queensland.

In those days, George worked as an emergency driver and said the best thing about that was being able to help those in need.

"It's always nice to be able to help a small town," he said.

"It's a good thing to do and keeps you out of trouble."

Although they're usually working had behind the scenes, George and thousands of others like him will be honoured as National Volunteer Week kicks off today.

George retired six years ago and moved to Rockhampton, but has continued his dedication to the community as part of the Rockhampton and District Local Ambulance Committee.

The committees raise funds to provide extra equipment for the Queensland Ambulance Service, helping to provide them with everything from special blood pressure monitors and training manuals to new emergency vehicles.

George said the committee was looking to boost volunteer numbers in Yeppoon and Emu Park with "ordinary, everyday people".

He encouraged everyone to consider volunteering and said finding new friends and new skills was just a bonus to helping the local community.

"Go ahead with it, it's a good experience, especially in the country towns," he said.

Volunteer thanks

Queensland Ambulance Service has over 1600 volunteers

152 Local Ambulance Committees, with a collective volunteer membership of 1280

For more information about the committee, visit ambulance.qld.gov.au/lac.html



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