STANDING PROUD: Maryborough's Danny Rowland and Kristy Ballinger stand aside Tiaro's Warren Smith (c) at the 40th SES anniversary celebrations. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle
STANDING PROUD: Maryborough's Danny Rowland and Kristy Ballinger stand aside Tiaro's Warren Smith (c) at the 40th SES anniversary celebrations. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle Hannah Baker

Local heroes gather as SES celebrates 40th anniversary

THE PEOPLE skills Warren Smith picked up from driving a taxi in Brisbane have helped him as a State Emergency Services volunteer.

While the 73 year old is now 'semi-retired', he gladly pulls on the SES high-viz orange uniform every Tuesday to train at Tiaro.

STANDING PROUD: Tiaro's Warren Smith (c) at the 40th SES anniversary celebrations. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle
STANDING PROUD: Tiaro's Warren Smith (c) at the 40th SES anniversary celebrations. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle Hannah Baker

And he's trained for more than 30 years.

"Being part of the SES is just another way to keep active and it's all about the people skills," he said.

Warren has helped police with land searches, to control traffic and helped covered people's storm damaged roofs with tarp.

CUTTING THE CAKE: Fraser Coast State Emergency Service volunteers gather to cut a 40th annivesary cake. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle
CUTTING THE CAKE: Fraser Coast State Emergency Service volunteers gather to cut a 40th annivesary cake. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle Hannah Baker

A man good with his hands, Warren has also learnt how to handle a chainsaw and how be safe at heights.

Warren's story is one of many across the Fraser Coast.

The efforts of the region's SES volunteers were celebrated on Friday with a morning tea hosted by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

It's the SES's 40th anniversary since the group was formed by the State Government in 1975.

Also in attendance were Maryborough's Marshall Kruegar (33 years), Danny Rowland and Kristy Ballinger along with about 30 others.

To join the SES, visit http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au.



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