Recruitment drive for SES unit
AS THE storm season eases, Corindi SES is already preparing for the next one and is calling on locals to get involved.
Following a hectic season with storms and flooding, the local emergency unit is embarking on a recruitment campaign in a bid to grow its numbers.
Unit controller Paul Maher said they were in need of more volunteers after the loss of a number of members due to job transfers and interstate moves.
"Currently we have about 16 people and we're hoping to get that up to about 30," Mr Maher said.
"We're well equipped to deal with emergencies with our 16 but it's great to have those extra resources, especially in the busier times.
"Anyone who is over 18 and is reasonably fit and willing to help is more than welcome."
He said being a part of the SES was extremely rewarding.
"Yes when it's horrible weather and everyone would rather be inside we're usually out in it - but it's what we do.
"The Corindi/Woolgoolga unit is a friendly group of community-spirited men and women from a range of different backgrounds and ages.
"We make ourselves available for SES training and operations when we can and live normal lives the rest of the time."
Jobs carried out by SES volunteers include removal of trees, temporary roof cover, sandbagging, general rescues, floodboat operations, searches for missing persons and administration.
The unit will be holding an open information session at their Corindi depot on Tuesday, June 18. Phone 6649 1251