One of the region’s leading emergency response groups is hunting for committed volunteers to step forward to help with a key role. Margaret River State Emergency Services need a pool of available duty officers available to act as the first point of contact during critical scenarios. The SES help with storm damage, rescue scenarios, missing person events and major emergencies across the Augusta-Margaret River shire. Volunteer spokesperson Sarah Schunemann told the Times the SES needed committed volunteers for the role, with additional training offered. “They activate teams according to the nature of the incident and ensure a timely and appropriate response,” she said. “Behind the scenes, volunteers play vital roles in emergency responses. “They are usually the first contact in a request for assistance and liaise with the communication centre, regional duty co-ordinator and members of the public.” Ms Schunemann said volunteering for the SES brought its own rewards, including making a crucial difference to residents’ lives during tough situations as well as the camaraderie with other volunteers wearing orange. “These behind-the-scenes heroes keep everything running smoothly so we can attend to emergencies and support our community in times of need,” she said. To register interest, check out the MRSES Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.