Kevin Mizen was last night announced as the 2015 Regional SES Member of the Year.
Kevin Mizen was last night announced as the 2015 Regional SES Member of the Year. Hayden Smith

Kev to lead region’s SES crews

THE State Emergency Service (SES) has been part of Kevin Mizen's life from when he could barely read or write.

"I remember going to school in an SES boat during the '83 floods when I was just six years old," he said.

"My dad was a founding member at St George and only retired two years ago."

Now, with more than 20 years of experience to his name, Mr Mizen is the new regional local controller for the Western Downs.

In the role the 38-year-old oversees seven local SES groups and 70 volunteers.

Mr Mizen, who has served at the St George, Calliope and Chinchilla SES groups during his career, wanted to see membership boosted across the region.

"We need numbers everywhere - they shouldn't be decreasing," he said.

He said the Condamine crew comprised of just six members, but needed at least 10 to "function properly".

He hoped a more diverse training program would help maintain interest and attract more volunteers to the service.

"In Chinchilla we've been training with the firies, ambos and police - that way we can observe some of their skills as well," Mr Mizen said.

The best part of the job, Mr Mizen said, was meeting people "from all walks of life".


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