Ceduna SES volunteers recognised for longtime commitment

Longtime State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in Ceduna recently received recognition for their service to the unit.

South Australian SES deputy chief officer Liz Connell was present in Ceduna in late September to present the volunteers with awards and medals.

Receiving their 20-Year Bar were Perry Will, Joy Codrington, Mark Bedson and Ceduna unit manager Peter Codrington - in addition to the second clasp to his National Medal - while Bev Bedson received her 40-Year Bar.

There was also recognition for Des Whitmarsh, who received the third clasp to his National Medal, and for Nancy Prior and Rodney Thomas, who received their National Medal.

Mr Codrington said it was pleasing for local volunteers to be recognised.

"It is great to see them rewarded," he said.

"It is good that there is recognition for volunteers, who give up a lot of their time to help the community."

Ms Connell said she appreciated what the volunteers did for Ceduna and the district.

"It was a pleasure to have visited the Ceduna unit and meet with the volunteers, they deliver a fabulous service to the community," she said.

"It was an honour to recognise the achievements and awards, and the great contribution of those volunteers over a long period of time."

Mr Codrington said there were currently 12 volunteers in the unit - down from about 50 a decade ago.

He said as people left town or were too old to actively participate, new faces in the unit were not coming through.

The Ceduna unit is involved in a number of different operations.

"The unit participates in marine rescue, land search and rescue, road crash rescue, storm damage, and just about anything where people find themselves in an emergency situation, except for fire as we have the CFS, we will help out," Mr Codrington said.

"Being part of the SES means you will receive training that is nationally accredited, and the personal rewards of helping out in the community."

To find out more about joining the SES, call Mr Codrington on 0447 510 983, or visit ses.sa.gov.au/home/volunteer.