Calliope SES unit of the year

THE Calliope SES group was named the Central Region’s Unit of the Year at the SES Week award ceremony on Saturday.

Brian Pitt, Calliope SES group leader, said the volunteers were thrilled with the award.

“We are a very active group – we’ve had a big year,” he told The Observer yesterday.

“Our biggest operation was the Ingham floods earlier this year but we’ve been doing a lot of community events lately.”

Mr Pitt said the group was currently focusing on a landsearch training program.

Robbie Medlin, SES regional director for Central Region, said the Calliope SES unit was known to be one of the most active groups in the Rockhampton area, boasting a membership of 36 that continues to grow.

“The group demonstrates great rapport with other emergency authorities and continues to excel in the overall management, administration, training and operational functions of the SES group,” Mr Medlin said.

Mr Medlin said several SES volunteers from Central Region were also presented with national medals, long service clasps and meritorious service medals for their service.

“SES volunteers across Central Region have been faced with some extreme weather events over the past 12 months and their commitment and dedication has been endless.”

Meanwhile, Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said a series of events would be held across the state to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution made by SES volunteers.

“SES Week is a valuable opportunity for the local community to thank SES volunteers across the state and learn about the vital role volunteers play within the community,” Mr Roberts said.

“Central Region is home to more than 1100 SES volunteers from 79 groups, who committed close to 9100 operational hours to frontline activities during 2008-09.

“It takes a unique person to be a volunteer – a person who is selfless and willing to put their own needs on hold to assist others.

“Whether it was in response to a search for a missing person, a response to a natural disaster or the recent bushfires, SES volunteers gave their time and labour to help those impacted.”



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