At 53, Washington Figueredo is proof you're never to be old to be called a rookie.
The Canley Heights resident is the 2020 Fairfield SES rookie of the year after completing his second year as a volunteer helping the local community.
"I've always been helping the community and volunteering for a lot of things like the Cancer Council," he said.
"I like getting the satisfaction of helping people and seeing the smiles on their faces when you help someone and to see how much they appreciate it.
"I've learnt so many different things being with the SES and it is a great team and we all look after each other."
When asked if other people should consider joining the SES he said: "Of course. The experience is amazing."
Mr Figueredo, who owns an online business, said he looks forward to the weekly Monday training sessions and put the skills learnt into the field when flooding hit the region in February.
Fairfield SES are on the lookout for new volunteers to answer the call for help and are holding an information night on Wednesday, December 9 at the Fairfield SES headquarters located on Bareena Street, Canley Vale.
As a new volunteer, you will be trained to undertake various roles within the unit and will be provided with a uniform on completion of training. NSW SES is a volunteer-based organisation that works with communities to prepare and respond to severe weather events and is the lead agency for floods and storms in NSW.