Belmont SES volunteers changing lives


Matt Hare (centre) was a finalist for the SES Youth Achievement Award.
Matt Hare (centre) was a finalist for the SES Youth Achievement Award.

BELMONT State Emergency Service volunteer Matt Hare has changed hundreds of lives.

The Communication Support Unit’s operations manager was one of three shortlisted finalists for the SES Youth Achievement Award, which recognises an outstanding individual under the age of 25.

The 24-year-old from Pal-myra first got involved with the SES in Bayswater in 2010, after looking up their website and deciding he wanted to join to help the community.

He did, going on to assist with emergencies including the Waroona fires.

“We turned up just before midnight,” he said. “I was sitting in the back seat with a laptop trying to work out fire hotspot information, and where we’d put our communication repeaters. We could see from the glow on the horizon it would last at least a couple of days.”

The communication repeaters are installed on top of a hill with a good line of sight coverage to the incident control point, allowing teams to maintain critical radio communications.

“The best thing is being able to solve real-world communication issues that have a lasting effect on the community,” he said.

“It’s being able to rock up to an incident and be presented with a problem and come up with a solution.”

Mr Hare said he’s stoked to be nominated by his peers for the Youth Achievement Award, and said it was wonderful they thought so highly of him.

He encouraged anyone thinking about getting involved with the SES to give it a go.

“You’ve got nothing to lose, you only need to dedicate a small amount of time to come to a training night and see what we’re all about,” he said.

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