LEARN: In the SES you will learn a range of skills and help save lives.
LEARN: In the SES you will learn a range of skills and help save lives. Claudia Baxter

Why join the SES?

WHEN disaster strikes, it's the men and women in bright orange who are there.

They're the ones rescuing your loved ones, helping protect your home and keeping our community safe.

It is they who volunteer their time to help you during an emergency, when they could be with their own families or protecting their own properties.

They're the heroes we cannot thank enough.

If you have ever considered becoming a Queensland SES volunteer, now is the time.

By joining the SES, you may respond to many different types of situations, locally and nationally, including cyclones, storms, floods, crime scene/forensic searches, earthquakes, cliff rescues, transportation incidents (road/rail/air), landslides, and searches for missing persons.

There are many roles within the SES, from on-the-ground work to media liaison and community engagement, so there is something for everyone.

You must be over 16 years of age to join, though there may be a cadet program in your area.

To join, head online to www.emergency.qld.gov.au. You will fill in the online member registration form and a member of the SES will be in touch.

Alternatively, you can phone your local SES group and ask about recruitment. They often hold open days and information sessions.

There are no joining fees and volunteers are provided with protective clothing and relevant equipment based on their role.

It is the SES volunteer's responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate level of fitness required for their role.

If you are injured while on an approved SES activation or at training, you will be fully covered by workers compensation.

Get in touch with the SES today to find out how you can help your community.


By joining the SES, you could expect to learn skills like:

  • 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)