A NEW State Emergency Services regional office opened in Horsham today.
The McLachlan Street office will help improve emergency services in the Wimmera.
Manager Kendra Clegg said the office was established as part of the Grampians Region.
"It will provide stronger support to the volunteers in the north-west Grampians region," she said.
"It will also provide closer relationships with government and other emergency services based in the Wimmera.
"The aim of the office is to help develop a stronger response to disasters such as floods, storms and fires."
She said the office would strengthen the support of SES volunteers at events controlled by other emergency services.
The office will include five permanent staff and two roaming staff.
"The majority of the staff have moved up from the Ballarat office, in particular those staff who live in Ararat and Stawell," Ms Clegg said.
"We will recruit one person from Horsham to manage community education."
Ms Clegg said she moved to Murtoa from Swan Hill for the position.
"We welcome members of the public to come in and talk about SES in general or talk about being part of SES," she said.
"We can also help them with tips about preparing for a disaster."
She said the office would boost the SES presence in the community.
"We have excellent volunteers in Horsham and we are here to support them and all the other units in the region," she said.
Staff will begin working at the new office today. Ms Clegg said the office would be open from Monday to Friday.
"During large emergencies we will be open 24 hours," she said.
"We look forward to being part of the Horsham community.
"If anyone knows of any opportunities they would like to see the SES take part in, we encourage them to come in and talk to us about it."