Local SES Controller Sharn Pogan
Local SES Controller Sharn Pogan

Unsung heroes gather for SES appreciation dinner

VOLUNTEERS for the State Emergency Service South Western Region gathered in Chinchilla on the weekend to celebrate their contribution to the community and acknowledge the hard work of volunteers over the past year.

On October 18, 70 SES volunteers travelled from across the Western Downs Region to attend the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Chinchilla Uniting Church.

This is the second year an appreciation dinner has been held, although Local Controller for the Western Downs Region Sharn Pogan said she is hoping to host one every year in a different town.

“We’re all about the community, and if someone needs our help, we’re there. And that’s what tonight is about, recognising those that have actually stepped above and beyond all the amazing people that we already have in the group, that stand out and take the lead,”

“The beauty of them as volunteers and not paid employees is that we don’t expect the thanks, it’s a bonus and it’s fabulous when they say thanks… but we don’t expect it as volunteers,” Local Controller Sharn Pogan said.

During the night seven awards were handed out, with two Chinchilla SES members receiving recognition for their achievements, Peter Bolger was awarded the Community Service Award, and John Ruddiman the Leadership Award.

Other standouts included Jamie McCormick for the Applied Skills Award, John Grealy for the Devotion Award, Troy Drew for the Dedicated Member Award, Andrew Tubb for the Living Legend Award, and the Rising Star Award went to Tanya Wittman.

The SES volunteers are unsung heroes, just everyday people trying to make a difference Mrs Pogan said.

“They’re just ordinary people, whether they’re a plumber, a mine site officer, an office manager or whatever they may be… they are everyday people that step up and give their time week after week to upskill so they can get out there in the line of fire and help,” Mrs Pogan said.

If anyone is looking to get involved with their local SES team, Mrs Pogan said it is a great opportunity to help the community, learn new skills and make life long friendships.

“Most of our units in the Western Downs are Tuesday nights anywhere from 6:30pm to 7:00pm, so you can rock on in there. Even if you just want to go in and have a look to see what it’s all about,” Mrs Pogan said.

You can also volunteer to become a member online at:


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