Volunteers needed before rain comes
COOLUM SES has sent out an SOS for more volunteers to be at the ready when the summer storm season hits.
The organisation, which has helped many people in the community in times of emergency, needs new blood to fill spots left by work transfers and retirements.
As part of a recruitment drive, SES volunteers will conduct an "open shed" day with a sausage sizzle from 9am- 3pm on Saturday, August 30.
Group leader Brett Mitchell said the SES needed new members to be trained and ready for the wet season.
"We are looking at running a height safety scenario and a general rescue scenario to let the public know exactly what is involved and to give them a general insight into what our role is in the community," he said.
The group offers training on Tuesday nights from 6.30pm and free courses, some of which are nationally accredited.
Volunteer Shelley Foxwell said new members often joined after the storm season because they had been helped by the SES.
She urged residents older than 18 to head to the open day next Saturday and consider becoming a valued SES volunteer.