Rookie queens proud to serve in Fairfield SES

THE past year paid off for Katinka Lonza of Bossley Park and Mirna Makko of Greenfield Park.

Each was crowned Fairfield State Emergency Service (SES) Rookie of the Year.

Both women spent the past 12 months completing their SES cadet program, which offers training in rescue, operation, community education and media.

Ms Lonza said she enjoyed the course and was now thrilled to be serving the community.

"Whenever I watched the natural disasters on TV I always thought about how much I wanted to help," she said.

"That's why I chose to join the SES because I knew it would give me that opportunity."

Miss Makko agreed and said it was important to give back to the community.

"The Queensland floods prompted me to become a volunteer because when I was watching it on TV, I wanted to do something to help these people," she said.

"It's also very rewarding to help those who are in desperate need of assistance especially the elderly."

Miss Makko, 21, said it was important for the younger generation to get involved.

"This will help them open their eyes and get them to appreciate life more rather than worry about the materialistic things in life," she said.

Fairfield SES unit commander Les Milne, who has been an SES member for 28 years, said he was ecstatic to have two young women come into the service.

"We assess all the recruits and narrow it down to half a dozen before selecting one person," he said. "But we couldn't choose just one this year, which is why we welcomed two."

Mr Milne is calling for new volunteers to join the Fairfield SES unit and help the community during times of disasters such as floods and storms.

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