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About the State Emergency Service

​​SES VolunteerThe Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) is built on the good will of thousands of members. They are: 

  • People helping People
  • Mates helping Mates
  • Neighbours helping Neighbours

The Queensland State Emergency Service (SES) is a “not-for-profit organisation” that shares its highly recognised name with the States and Territory State Emergency Service (SES) organisations throughout Australia.  With approximately 6,200 active and unpaid members the Queensland SES performs a diverse range of functions to respond to local, State and National disasters and emergencies.

Members are trained and equipped to help their communities across a range of functions, and their primary purpose is to assist the most vulnerable members of the community.

The SES is designed to empower people to help themselves and others in their community in times of emergency and disaster. 

SES members receive world class training providing them with real life skills which are used during emergencies, and knowledge that stays with them throughout their life.

SES members work together with a great group of like–minded people. They train and respond to emergencies together, and the experiences they share lay the foundations for life-long friendships.

The SES has a role for people with a broad range of talents and expertise. A level of physical fitness is needed especially when involved in rescues, responding to natural disasters and performing other critical roles.

Members can join at age 16.

​Roles of administration, communications, stores and welfare do not necessarily require levels of fitness however are dependent on the existing membership of the SES Group.


The QSES is a not-for-profit, community based, volunteer, emergency service enabled by both State and Local Governments.

The State Emergency Service is the primary responder for storm and flood events.

They also provide support to other agencies such as Queensland Police Service through performing additional functions including search and rescue, emergency traffic management, and road crash rescue.

The SES becomes involved in preparing for, and responding to, many different types of disasters and emergencies, by performing:



Performing temporary, emergency repairs

Removal of fallen trees that are a threat to life.



​Rescuing people from heights and depths such as cliffs or ravines.



Assisting in emergency flood boat operations including:


emergency supplies to flooded communities and

search in flood waters.



Rescuing people from crashed vehicles and performing vehicle extractions.



Supporting the Queensland Police Service in undertaking urban, rural, forensic and evacuations searches.



​Supporting the Queensland Police Service in incident site traffic control, road closure and diversions.



​​Supporting the Queensland Fire Service in response to structural collapse.



Supporting other services in communications, welfare, lighting, air observation and resupply.



​​Coordinating the responses of teams in the field and incident control



​​Working with the media and public to communicate safety messages and warnings. Helping the community to be more resilient to prepare for and respond to inevitable disasters.