Have you got what it takes?

The SES offers an opportunity to participate in and develop a variety of emergency and rescue skills, including chainsaw operations, flood boat operations, road crash rescue and land search.


  • Enthusiastic, adventurous, and willing to give back to your community
  • Willing and able to activate during disasters and emergencies
  • Be able to commit approximately 15-25hrs per month towards training and service
  • Applicants may be required to possess a certain level of fitness appropriate to the role and the functions they will be performing

The selection process

  1. Contact your local SES group

  2. Attend an information night and register your interest

If you are successful

New volunteers will be invited to attend induction training by their local SES group. You will be provided with protective clothing and relevant equipment based on your role within the SES group.

Training and education is ongoing for SES volunteers, and over time you can expect to develop your skills in the following areas:

  • First aid
  • Map reading and navigation
  • How to operate a two-way radio
  • Basic rescue
  • Rescue from heights and depths
  • Road crash rescue
  • Flood boat rescue
  • Emergency operations management
  • Storm damage response
  • Land search techniques
  • Leadership and team-building
  • Instructional techniques (training others)

The right fit

Find the role that fits you best with the role suitability quiz