New volunteers join the ACTSES

Released 29/08/2014

Canberrans will have more help during the upcoming storm season with 26 new volunteer recruits joining the ranks of the ACT State Emergency Service this weekend.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, welcomed the new recruits, who will participate in an induction training session this weekend at the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACTESA) training centre at Hume.

 "It is tremendous to see more dedicated volunteers joining the ACTSES," Mr Corbell said.

"This new group will further increase the strong membership of the ACTSES to more than 250 active volunteers.

"The timing of this week's induction program will see all 26 new volunteers join their allocated ACTSES units across the territory before the start of the storm season, which runs from September through to March.

"Within their first few weeks of joining the ACTSES, the new recruits will receive a level of training that will enable them to respond to assist the Canberra community with storm and flood assistance under supervision.

"During their time, the 26 recruits will be enhance their skills and take on additional roles with the ACTSES."

The ACTSES recruits started their induction program last night with an introduction to the ACTSES, followed by a tour of the ACTESA headquarters building at Fairbairn. The will continue tomorrow with a series of classroom sessions at the ACTESA Training Centre at Hume.  Hands-on activity sessions will be held on Sunday with specialised equipment that will be essential when responding to storm and flood operations at any time of the day or night, every day of the year.

"I would like to congratulate all of the new recruits and hope they enjoy their time making new friends within the ACTSES and helping the Canberra community," Mr Corbell said.

"Another induction program is scheduled for early next year for those wishing to join the ACTSES."

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