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Local SES call for more volunteers


There has been a "significant decline" in volunteers for the local State Emergency Service over the past decade, with open days hoped to boost recruits.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service report there are approximately 250 SES volunteers across Rockhampton, which also covers the Central Highlands, Livingstone and Woorabinda.

Rockhampton Controller Eddie Cowie says recent years have seen a drop.

"SES both in our region and around the state are certainly low on numbers," Mr Cowie says.

"We've seen a significant decline in volunteer numbers over the past 12-15 years and it's probably a timely reminder that we are community, supporting community."

Rockhampton SES held an open day on June 19th offering locals the opportunity to meet local crew and ask questions about joining.

"It's so diverse in the SES, it can be anything from one day out searching for a missing child, right through to flood boat rescues, vertical rescues off cliff faces," Mr Cowie says.

"Some of our SES groups have got primary response to road crash rescues."

Image: Facebook / State Emergency Service - Central Region