Former Australian prime minister, John Howard once said, 'There is no organisation in our country that is quicker to the frontline of a disaster or a challenge than the wonderful men and women of The Salvation Army'.
Whether it's a natural disaster such as a cyclone, flood, bushfire or earthquake, or an incident such as a transport accident, structure fire or missing person search, SAES (Salvation Army Emergency Service) teams are on the ground supporting those on the frontline. Their aim is to support people and communities at their point of need, and to ensure emergency service workers and volunteers are also catered for.
"In 2021, our Emergency Service provided over 30,000 meals between the Perth hills bushfires and Cyclone Seroja alone," state coordinator Benjamin Day said. "Our SAES volunteers were on the ground setting up mobile kitchens, preparing meals and refreshments, and helping collect supplies and deliver meals."
The Salvation Army has developed a strong relationship with state governments so as to provide a coordinated response to ensure the best service delivery possible. SAES teams may be tasked to work in evacuation centres from small community halls to major city showgrounds. They may be in the field supporting emergency service agencies from built-up areas to farmer's paddocks and getting alongside the community as the clean-up begins.
Our SAES is run by amazing volunteers and we are always looking for passionate people to join our team. The training is easy, the environment is friendly and knowing you have played a part in helping others is priceless.
Ahead of this year's bushfire and cyclone season, the Salvation Army Mandurah will be holding an Emergency Services volunteer drive. Anyone interested should visit The Salvation Army on 45 Lakes Rd, Greenfields on October 12 from 9.30am-12noon or email email@example.com