Issued: 12 October 2016
Samuel Corby is leading a wave of young people putting their hand up to volunteer for emergency services across NSW.
At 18-years-old Samuel joined the State Emergency Services (NSW SES) and quickly rose through the ranks to now be a Duty Officer at Sutherland Shire Unit with more than 1200 hours of volunteering experience.
Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott announced Samuel, now aged 20, as the NSW SES Young Volunteer of the Year at a ceremony at Parliament House.
"I congratulate Samuel on his dedication and commitment to providing an invaluable community service and for encouraging other young people to consider joining the NSW SES to make a difference in their communities," Mr Elliott said. "The NSW Government has worked hard to attract and retain young volunteers and this award highlights the success the NSW State Emergency Service has had."
Samuel's qualifications at the NSW SES Sutherland Unit include Storm and Water Damage Response, Swift Water Awareness, Land and Water Based Rescue, Communications and First Aid as well as Training and Assessment qualifications.
NSW SES Acting Commissioner Greg Newton said he was pleased to see increasing numbers of young people joining the service.
"Young people have a great deal they can offer their communities and it is terrific to see the NSW SES providing the opportunity for them to contribute," he said.
Origin Energy Group Marketing Manager Gretchen Fox said she was thrilled NSW SES was having such a positive impact on Samuel's life.
"As Community Partner of the NSW SES Youth Program we are delighted to see Samuel is learning so much from his volunteer work," she said.
Young people aged 16 years or older can apply to join the NSW SES. They are provided with all the training and resources needed to become a valued member of the organisation.