State Emergency Service
The Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) is a “not-for-profit, community, volunteer, emergency service organisation that is enabled by both State and local governments. It shares its highly recognised name with States and Territory State Emergency Service (SES) organisations throughout Australia. With approximately 5,000 active, unpaid members the SES performs a diverse range of functions to respond to local, State and National disasters and emergencies.
The SES is designed to empower people to help themselves and others in their communities in times of emergency and disaster. The basic concept is one of self-help and mutual assistance.
Maintaining a Balance
As a community organisation the SES must balance their services between:
- actual emergency response to those most in need
- requests that may inadvertently remove services that should otherwise be provided by local businesses.
Help others by helping yourself.
A resilient community frees SES resources to go where they are most needed, assisting our most vulnerable.