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SES volunteer in line for achievement award

A Kalgoorlie-Boulder volunteer is in the running for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ SES youth achievement award next month.

Electrician and deputy manager of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder State Emergency Service group Daniel Nissen is one of three finalists across the State.

He will travel to Perth for the awards ceremony on September 7.

The 23-year-old has been a SES volunteer for nine years and a volunteer firefighter for more than 31/2 years.

He said he was surprised to hear his mother had nominated him for the accolade, and even more excited to find out he was listed as a finalist.

“I am not really expecting to win but I wasn’t really expecting the nomination in the first place,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I guess I am just happy that someone noticed what I was doing.”

Mr Nissen said he first went to an SES training night as a high school student with his father, and he has not stopped attending since.

“It is something that is a bit fulfilling, you know you’re doing something worthwhile and I enjoy the atmosphere within the team,” he said.

Mr Nissen said he hoped he could be a role model for other young students who wanted to get involved in volunteering.

“SES is a good thing to get involved in, you make a difference, you go out and find people, fix people’s roofs, it’s a good way to help out and learn lots of skills,” he said.

“I would encourage anyone to go for it.”

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