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SES crew feeling volunteer strain

Kyabram SES team calling for help to boost efficiency

June 11, 2014 3:30am

Kyabram SES Deputy Controller Beth Murray and volunteer Bill Murray want more people to get involved in the work of the SES.

Kyabram State Emergency Service is calling for more volunteers in a bid to raise efficiency and better respond to incidents.

Kyabram SES deputy controller Beth Murray said the modern day pressures of life, family and work put a strain on volunteering numbers.

‘‘I think a lot of it has to do with the social impact,’’ she said.

‘‘Volunteering is a time constraint, you have to be willing to put the time in. It’s not just when the call comes in either, it’s the training each week, being able to go off and do courses for a weekend. It’s a big commitment especially when you have a young family.’’

Mrs Murray said that while volunteering numbers were steady for Kyabram at 16, the unit ideally needed 22 to best respond to emergencies.

‘‘Because some of our members work out of town, they can’t respond during the day and that’s probably the biggest challenge we face,’’ she said.

‘‘Some people work as far away as Bendigo and you can’t get them back in the required seven or eight minutes during an emergency.’’

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Kyabram SES can phone 0417535799.

For the full report read the print edition of the Kyabram Free Press.

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