Thank you to ESA volunteers

Released 12/05/2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell has used this week as an opportunity to thank volunteers with the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) during National Volunteer Week.

"Volunteers play a major role in our community and we are fortunate to have more than 2000 who dedicate their time to our emergency services," Mr Corbell said.

"I am always appreciative of the specialist work they undertake at the ACT Emergency Services Agency.

Volunteers at the ACTESA work in a variety of services including:

  • ACT Fire & Rescue's Community Fire Units
  • ACT Rural Fire Service
  • ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES)
  • ACT Mapping and Planning Support (MAPS) group

"Volunteers work around the clock and are often requested to assist interstate.  We all know the important role that volunteer firefighters and SES personnel play in our community. We are also fortunate to have specialists with the MAPS group.

"ACT ESA MAPS volunteers have developed a national reputation for their expertise in high level mapping in the spatial environment. They undertake specialist Mapping and Geographical Information System (G.I.S) taskings in emergency zones and during the past summer were requested by the NSW Rural Fire Service in areas like the Blue Mountains, Cooma and Tumut to create maps used by on-ground firefighters and for public information.

"ACTF&R's CFU volunteers also play a part in our community with more than 1100 volunteers around the urban fringe of the ACT. CFU trailers contain basic firefighting equipment, which is used to safeguard homes until fire services arrive during a bushfire.

"All Canberrans should be proud of the work that volunteers do and this week in its 25th year, during National Volunteers week, I would like to thank and congratulate them for protecting our community."

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