Harden Murrumburrah State Emergency Services (SES) has a new Deputy Commander this week, after the resignation of long-time SES member, Brian Farnsworth.
"Brian has served over 18 years with Harden SES and has invaluable experience." Commander Malcolm Edwards said.
"He will be missed."
Stepping into the vacant role will be Gary Buckley, who has been a volunteer with Harden SES for the past 3 years.
"I am looking forward to the challenge." Mr Buckley said
"Taking on the role of Deputy Commander, I have big shoes to fill."
Blue suede shoes, perhaps, as Mr Buckley is also better known as Harden Murrumburrah's local 'Elvis' impersonator.
"I completed all my SES training at Yass and am now a dual member of both the Yass and Harden SES units." Mr Buckley said.
"We have a great group of people volunteering with the Harden unit, really committed to protecting our community."
SES Harden Commander Malcolm Edwards said that most of the work the Harden unit does is centred around storms and some flood work.
"Having a new leadership team, we are looking at it as a great opportunity to connect with the younger members of the community." Mr Edwards said.
"Gary and I are both on the same page and are hoping to move in new directions and encourage some younger people to volunteer with SES."
Free training in areas such as heights, storm work, chainsaws and flood rescue are offered to all volunteers.
"There are also opportunities for people to volunteer as 'spontaneous volunteers', which doesn't require a long-term commitment." Mr Edwards said.
"SES will kit you out, and there are opportunities for out of area work and travel, not to mention qualifications in many areas."
For anyone considering volunteering, the new SES leadership team is always open for a chat. You can contact Harden SES Commander Malcolm Edwards on 0407 600 785, or Deputy Commander Gary Buckley on 0428 386 774.
In an emergency, you must call 132 500 immediately.