Kiama SES members had cause for celebration on Tuesday night, with the recognition of outstanding members during their annual awards presentation.
Kiama MP Gareth Ward, who attended the event, said the NSW SES Kiama Unit had a long and distinguished history of assisting the community with invaluable emergency response during floods, storms and other emergencies.
“It is my pleasure to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of these dedicated volunteers, and sincerely thank them,” Mr Ward said.
The NSW SES Kiama Unit has 70 active volunteer members who respond 24/7 to storm and flood events, and provide support to other emergency services such as the NSW Police by participating in land search operations for missing people.
“Unit members have also frequently travelled outside their area to assist other SES teams in major flood and storm responses,” Mr Ward said.
“There is no question the Kiama community and residents across our region know that they can depend on the men and women in orange for help and protection during these emergencies.”
NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst, was proud to be invited to attend the event and meet with the members of Kiama Unit.
“Our volunteers respond rapidly to natural disasters and emergencies, saving lives and protecting our communities. I thank these people for their incredible community spirit and their ongoing contribution to our Service,” Mr Smethurst said.
If you are interested in joining the NSW SES as a volunteer, visit www.ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteering/ or call 1800 201 000.