27 New SES recruits to don the orange uniform and protect the community

Released 02/08/2012

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has welcomed 27 new recruits who will tonight be inducted to join the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES).

"State Emergency Service volunteers are a crucial part of the emergency response capability in the ACT, and it is fantastic to see a new group of volunteers join the ranks of the ACTSES today," Mr Corbell said.

"As we have seen over recent summer periods, the ACT has encountered some severe weather patterns which have left their mark with damaged properties, trees and flooding, and these volunteers work tirelessly to support community during a storm and the clean-up.

 "It is very reassuring to know that volunteers with the ACTSES step up and help during these times of crisis any time of the day or night and that there remains a good level of interest from the community to continue to become volunteers.

"A high level of interest to join the service has been ongoing over recent months, and after a series of meetings and exercises, the new recruits are now each assigned to one of the seven ACTSES Units across the territory."

Mr Corbell said that storm season would begin again next month.

"This is also a timely reminder to Canberrans to ensure they prepare their homes and property for the threat of a storm to make the job of the SES as easy as possible," he said.

"Future recruitment periods to join the ACTSES will take place over coming months and I encourage anyone wanting to join to monitor the ACTESA website at www.esa.act.gov.au.

The special induction ceremony made up of 16 men and 11 women will be held tonight at the ACT Emergency Service Agency Headquarters in Fairbairn.

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