SES Horsham celebrates 50 years of service

MILESTONE: State Emergency Service deputy controller Lawrence Anderson with volunteer Bron Lennox at the headquarters in Horsham. Picture: DAINA OLIVER
MILESTONE: State Emergency Service deputy controller Lawrence Anderson with volunteer Bron Lennox at the headquarters in Horsham. Picture: DAINA OLIVER

HORSHAM’S State Emergency Service will celebrate 50 years of service this weekend.

Deputy controller Nola Smith said the service had changed significantly – particularly since 1990.

“Originally, we were the Civil Defence where equipment was stored in our volunteers’ cars and trailers at their homes,” she said. 

“With government funding and our own fundraisers, we now have the current building on McPherson Street.” 

Ms Smith said she was proud to help others. 

“We attend road crashes on the highways, searches and carry-outs in the Grampians and Mount Arapiles and assist with storm and flood damage,” she said. 

“There are a lot of long, late nights – but we enjoy doing it because we are helping the community.”

Ms Smith said volunteers would celebrate 50 years of service on Saturday at an invitation-only function. 

“On Sunday, we’re inviting the community to an open day at the headquarters from 10am until 2pm with a sausage sizzle,” she said.