LOCAL HERO: Sandy Strait SES team coordinator Ian McGeachin stands in front of the Boonooroo SES shed, where he spends his time volunteering to keep the region safe.
LOCAL HERO: Sandy Strait SES team coordinator Ian McGeachin stands in front of the Boonooroo SES shed, where he spends his time volunteering to keep the region safe. Eliza Wheeler

SES volunteer thanked for 40 years

SANDY Strait State Emergency Service team coordinator Ian McGeachin has been volunteering for almost as long as the service's exitence.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the SES in Queensland, and 'Orange Angels' like Ian are being thanked for their time and heroic acts.

Ian first joined the SES 36 years ago when he was working as a coal miner in the Queensland town of Moura.

Now 66, Ian said the rescue and recovery after the Palace backpackers fire in Childers in 2000, which killed 15 people would always stick in his mind. Ian said he had never felt scared while on the job, and said he had no plans to stop volunteering.

"While I can still turn up and do things I intend to do just that," he said.



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