The Armidale-Dumaresq State Emergency Service Unit are on the hunt for new blood.
A recruitment drive is set to be held next month to address the need for volunteers.
Armidale’s deputy community engagement and media officer Katelyn Donnelly said the team were looking for people to work in office-type roles.
“We’ve been looking for members who are interested in catering, communications and operations,” Ms Donnelly said.
“It’s more behind the scenes stuff.”
The group will have an open night in November to give potential members an insight into what the tasks will entail.
“We’ll be doing some demonstrations and some stalls to give people a feeling of what it’s like,” Ms Donnelly said.
After being with the local SES branch for two years, Ms Donnelly said she had gained skills that will stand her in good stead for the future.
“It’s picking up all these extra skills that you wouldn't have otherwise,” she said.
“We do things like communicating with the public or learning first aid or something like that.
“I have done some full-on stuff... land searches for missing people.
“But it’s about giving back to the community and feeling like you’re contributing.”
With around 9,000 SES volunteers across the state, local controller Joshua Osborne said there were many different jobs to suit everyone.
“The primary focus of this recruitment drive is getting people that maybe aren’t so interested in going out and doing field work that the SES volunteers do and are so well known for,” Mr Osborne said.
“We’re chasing people that are maybe not so keen on those things... people who support the people that do those things.”
Some of the roles would include admin work, help with food and assisting in maintaining the welfare of people doing field work, Mr Osborne said.
The recruitment drive open night is set to kick off from 7pm on November 9 at the Armidale SES headquarters at 203 Mann Street, Armidale.
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