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Volunteering in Canberra if the SES doesn’t want you?

By Jono1974 - 11 February 2012 6

Hi everyone,

I recently tried out for the SES and got as far as the information session when I got an email telling me that my application to join was unsuccessful – before I even got the application forms.

I was wondering if there is a Rural Fire Service or any other organisations that need volunteers?

If there is what do you have to do to get in etc?

What’s Your opinion?


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6 Responses to
Volunteering in Canberra if the SES doesn’t want you?
Tecko12 9:53 pm 12 Feb 12

I am a member of the ACT Rural Fire Service, and can tell you they are ALWAYS looking for member. Put in an application and see what happens 🙂

Bad Seed 7:20 pm 11 Feb 12

Or if you want a simple, low key volunteer option, see if your neighbourhood has community fire brigade volunteers. After the 2003 bushfires, the governement set up community units in various suburbs close to fire prone areas. You might see them parked on different nature strips – bright yellow trailers – and anyone in the local area can be trained as to how to use them. They have training sessions a few times a year and basically they help you to do a small bit of defence in your own street if its ever needed. Where I live, we back onto bushland so have one on our street and a few of the neighbourhours, including Mr Badseed know how to use the unit and train a few times a year.

Aeek 3:10 pm 11 Feb 12

or is there training available? Surely worth training front line property owners, and backing them up with central SES.

andym 1:24 pm 11 Feb 12

Jono,
Interestingly its all on the ACT RFS website – who’d have though!
http://esa.act.gov.au/actrfs/get-involved/how-to-become-a-volunteer/

You need to pass a medical and criminal history check.
Basic training then takes maybe a few weeks – depends when you apply. We only run them now and then. One coming up soon possibly, depending on demand.
You are then on probation with your brigade for six months. The Brigade then votes to accept you as a member or leave you on probation.

Thumper 11:40 am 11 Feb 12

I believe that SES may be really oversubscribed at present so just keep asking.

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:09 am 11 Feb 12

Did they give you a reason for your unsuccessful application?

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