Queenslanders are twice as likely to experience natural
disasters compared with people in other states of Australia. But,
are we prepared for these emergencies? In Queensland, emergency
volunteers play an increasingly important role. As our climate
changes and weather becomes more extreme, more emergency volunteers
are needed to help during natural disasters.
At present, Australia has more than 500,000 emergency management
and response volunteers, who are provide frontline response during
floods, storms, cyclones and bushfires. These brave volunteers
willingly take on considerable risk to protect our businesses,
community buildings, homes, families, stock and pastures.Each year
emergency volunteers save us millions of dollars in loss and damage
to life and property.
Here are some ideas for organisations you could join as an
THE STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE
The State Emergency Service (SES) provides crucial support to
communities. The SES is a volunteer-based organisation that is
designed to empower people to help themselves and others in their
community in times of emergency and disaster. Become an SES
volunteer and you'll play a vital role in preparing households,
responding to disasters, and rebuilding communities.
THE RURAL FIRE SERVICE
You can become part of the Rural Fire Service (RFS). Do you want
to: save lives - learn new skills - make new friends - be part of a
team? The purpose of rural fire brigades is to operate in areas not
covered by Queensland Fire and the Rescue Service's urban (town)
service. The RFS needs all types of people, with a wide range of
skills, to keep brigades running and communities safe. The
RFS is spread across 93% of Queensland and has approximately 1500
rural fire brigades, made up of approximately 34 000 volunteers.
Being part of the RFS offers fantastic opportunities for
self-development. Members of rural brigades receive training
and skills that assist in all areas of life. Brigade members
learn teamwork, incident management, leadership skills, fire
behaviour, communication skills, and much more.
SURF LIVE SAVING AUSTRALIA
Surf lifesavers patrol our beaches, while others provide first aid
at sporting fixtures and major entertainment venues. Volunteers
provide important advice and education at a local level to local
councils, schools and community groups, to provide vital
information so that people know what their responsibilities are
before, during, and after natural disasters.
AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS
The Red Cross Emergency Services teams, both staff and volunteers,
prepare, respond and provide relief to communities during everyday
disasters. As Queenslanders rebuild their lives and businesses
after the recent floods and cyclone, Red Cross is urgently calling
for people to train as emergency services volunteers.
THE AUSTRALIAN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEER
The Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum member
organisations include Surf Life Saving Australia, Australian
Council of State Emergency Services, Volunteering Australia and the
Australian Red Cross.