Time to celebrate our emergency services volunteers – National Volunteer Week 2016
National Volunteer Week is
celebrating the rewarding side of volunteering this year, with the theme ‘Give
Happy, Live Happy’.
Volunteering is an incredibly
rewarding way to help others, according to Cockburn Volunteer Sea Search and
Rescue volunteer Brad Nicholas.
"On every shift we get
to help people who are unable to help themselves,” Mr Nicholas said.
satisfying to be able to bring someone safely home to their family, when the
outcome could easily have been very different.”
Mr Nicholas is among almost
30,000 Western Australian emergency services volunteers being celebrated as part
of National Volunteer Week (9 to 15 May) and said volunteering had made an
immeasurable impact on his life.
"Volunteering has become
part of who I am and my family have become a major part of my volunteering as
well,” Mr Nicholas said.
"I feel like I am making
a real difference to people’s lives – all while learning new skills and making
Karen Roberts oversees the
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer and Youth Services branch
and said the week was a chance to celebrate emergency services volunteers for
their dedication to creating safer communities.
"Each year, thousands of
volunteers across WA give up their time to help the community in times of
need,” Ms Roberts said.
"Volunteers respond to a
vast range of emergencies including fires, cyclones, storms, road crashes and
search and rescue operations.
"Even when not
responding to incidents, they’re dedicating their time to sharpening their
skills to ensure our communities are in safe hands when they need it most.”
The 2016 theme for National
Volunteer Week "Give Happy, Live Happy”, emphasises that volunteering can
help create a happier and healthier life.
"Volunteering is a great
way to give back to the community,” Ms Roberts said.
"You don’t need to be on
the front line to contribute – there are plenty of opportunities in areas such
as administration, communications, logistics and educating the community.
"People of all ages and
backgrounds are encouraged to consider volunteering with their local brigade,
group or unit.”
DFES coordinates volunteers
from the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Service, State Emergency Service and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Services, with
support also provided to Local Government Bush Fire Brigades.
For more information about
becoming a fire and emergency services volunteer, phone 1800 628 141 or visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au
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