MARYBOROUGH'S Ray Carter spends his spare time responding to grassfires, or running an SES boat to isolated suburbs during floods.
He teaches school children and homeowners how to protect against fire and can be called on to travel across the state to help out in times of emergency.
Mr Carter is among the thousands of people who volunteer across Australia recognised through National Volunteers Week.
He puts his hand up for four organisations in total, including the State Emergency Service, two rural fire brigades, the Coast Guard Sandy Straits and the Fraser Coast Community Group.
Mr Carter is hoping more people, especially younger ones, will put their hand up this week.
"It's a great service to the community. It keeps you active, it keeps you motivated," he said.
"It's always good to have new faces."
Mr Carter said while people had to be committed to training to work as an emergency volunteer, it didn't have to be a major time commitment.
"You can only do what you can do," he said.
The 25th annual National Volunteers Week runs until this Sunday.