AS Shellharbour City's population expands, so does the need for emergency services personnel.
The Shellharbour City Unit of the NSW State Emergency Service is looking for new members. However, they do not necessarily have to don orange to help.
The unit is holding an information night for prospective members on Monday, October 14.
The session will be run by Tony McQuade, the Shellharbour unit's operational co-ordinator, and his wife, Therese, one of the team leaders.
The Albion Park couple has been involved with the SES for 15 years and will also assist with inductions.
"The city itself is expanding rapidly, and the more homes, the more people we're going to need," Mr McQuade said.
"From personal experience, we've had a great deal of satisfaction from the work, as it is helping out the community at times when it is really needed.
"You hear from the teams how great they feel after they've been out to someone's house to help, and were able to help, especially older people," Mr McQuade said.
While people were needed out in the field, not everyone who volunteered had to don the highly visible orange, he said.
"There's another integral part of what we do, which is the operational side of things: administration, planning, data entry, media, logistics, training, community education and radio operator."
Volunteers must be a least 16 years of age.
They undertake such diverse roles as search and rescue, evidence search, fire support and flood rescue.
They are offered nationally-recognised training, a supportive, friendly environment, a wide range of roles suitable for all levels of fitness and the satisfaction of contributing to the community.
Shellharbour City SES is the recognised agency for floods, storms and tsunamis.
Those who are interested in the service can come along and meet the local controller Terrie-Ann Hurt, as well as other members of the unit.
The information night will take place at the service headquarters at 127 Tongarra Road, Albion Park, starting at 7.30pm.
Bookings are not required.