HASTINGS State Emergency Service is on the look-out for new members, especially residents in Somerville, Tyabb, Hastings, Mornington, Mt Martha, Moorooduc, Bittern, Cribb Point, Tuerong, Merricks, Balnarring and Somers.
A recruitment information evening is being held 7pm, Wednesday 1 February, at the Hastings Unit, 2144 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Hastings.
The SES handles floods, storms, earthquakes, landslides and tsunami emergencies state-wide.
Public Relations section leader Helen Pugh said volunteers would receive accredited, recognised training, which may include rescue skills, chainsaw operations or securing a roof in a storm.
SES units also assist other emergency agencies at incidents, such as searches and rescues.
As well as emergency response, SES volunteers engage with the community to help them prepare for disasters.
“Volunteering is a rewarding way of helping the community,” Ms Pugh said. “The SES is a great place to meet new and exciting people and the unit always welcomes newcomers.
“I joined as a way of giving something back to the local community.
“I would encourage everyone to join and lend a hand. There are roles for everyone, from working the chainsaw to communications and even public education.”
Evening training sessions are 7 o’clock Mondays.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org as an expression of interest or just turn up on the night.