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Why community and connection are so important

Steph Ryan MP

This magazine throws a spotlight on the stories of more than 50 community groups and businesses, and over 110 people in Kilmore.

I’d like to thank each and every person who gave their time to share their stories.

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Kilmore SES

One of the best things about volunteering at the SES is the sense of camaraderie. Deputy controller admin Terry Kift has been involved with the SES for five years and admits that the job can be difficult, both physically and mentally.
Kilmore SES deputy controller admin Terry Kift

“Some personality types definitely manage better that others,” he says. “For me, the key is to focus on the job at hand.”

These jobs can range from attending non-life threatening to life-threatening situations. “We have strict processes and procedures for every call,” Terry says. “Non-life-threatening jobs involve responding to storm and flood damage, including fallen trees. Life threatening jobs are more serious. They can involve search and rescue and road accidents.”

Terry says that fatalities and critical injuries can be involved. “There is intensive training to manage and deal with these situations,” he says.

Terry is so dedicated and passionate that it’s hard to imagine he’s ever done anything else. But the emergency response specialist, who also works as an undertaker with Howard Squires, reveals that he used to work in IT. “I used to work in an office,” Terry says. “These days, I’m “pretty much on call 24-7 with the SES.”

He says that the branch receives an average of a call a day. Some days there can be none – others they are inundated.


Phone 1300 842 737 (SES General) kilmore@ses.vic.gov.au

 
 

Funded from Parliamentary Budget   Authorised by Steph Ryan, 25 Bridge St, Benalla VIC 3672