Mitchell volunteers recognised for forty years of service

After forty years of service in Queensland, SES volunteers are being thanked for their contributions to regional communities.

After forty years of service in Queensland, SES volunteers are being thanked for their contributions to regional communities.

SES volunteers Brian Waldron and Cliff White were recognised for forty years of service at a presentation in Mitchell earlier this week, as the organisation celebrates its major anniversary.

The men proudly received their sixth clasps to the Meritorious Service Medal and 40th anniversary plaques, in appreciation for their commitment and help in the local community over four decades.

The SES has been a backbone for the South West region over the years, responding quickly and professionally to emergency calls, as well as lending a hand at community events.

South West Regional Manager, Robert Bundy, acknowledged the hard work and achievements of the region’s volunteers at an award ceremony in Toowoomba last night.

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the SES in Queensland, and it is thanks to the dedication and professionalism of all SES volunteers and staff that the SES remains one of the community’s most respected organisations,” he said.

The timely occasion provided an opportunity to thank the region’s 700 SES volunteers, who will be heavily relied upon over the approaching storm and bushfire season.

With excellent training and a wealth of experience clocking up to a substantial 48,000 volunteer hours this year to date, the SES is a crucial asset to people and families in the region.