THE memory of a mother’s plea to find her missing son will never leave Wanneroo-Joondalup State Emergency Service (WJSES) volunteer Lucius Chen.
It’s those unforgettable moments that make volunteering for Mr Chen purposeful and rewarding, especially when seeing people’s faces once successfully completing a job.
The teacher from Alexander Heights has been an SES volunteer for four years and is using National Volunteer Week to get more community members involved.
On May 23, WJSES will hold a Wear Orange Wednesday open night at its Winton Road headquarters to increase awareness about what SES volunteers do and encourage people to join.
Recruitment officer Hannah Revell, from Duncraig, said SES volunteers were “ordinary people who do extraordinary things” for their community.
“The SES is focused on ensuring that West Australian communities can cope with emergencies,” she said.
“It has the lead role in managing the state’s actions for floods, cyclones, storms, earthquakes and tsunami threats as well as assisting other agencies in their roles.
“In WJSES our primary callout is to help people whose house has been damaged by a storm or heavy rains as well as the search and rescue of missing people.
“WJSES also has a massive emphasis on community engagement and helping to support our community.”
Ms Revell, who has volunteered for two years, said the work SES did was vital to the community because there was no other service able to provide emergency relief from storms, perform land searches or operate skilled rescues that highly-trained SES members could.
At the open night members from the Wanneroo Central Bush Fire Brigade and Two Rocks SES will also be there to share information with potential recruits.
Wear Orange Wednesday Open Night
Wanneroo-Joondalup State Emergency Service
Wednesday, May 23 from 7.30pm
21 Winton Road, Joondalup
More information: wjses.com.au