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Climate change listed as reason SES is busier than ever before

Neil Mitchell
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Climate change has been listed as the driving factor as to why State Emergency Service volunteers are busier than ever before.

The past two years have been the busiest on record for the service that’s been around 70 years.

Some 500,000 hours have been logged by staff and volunteers over the past year.

SES CEO Stephen Griffin said that number was usually “somewhere” between 250,000 and 300,000 hours.

He said an increasing number of dramatic weather events had driven that number up, a climate trend they expect to continue.

“I think most of us believe it is, only because it’s been so consistent,” Mr Griffin said.

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Picture: Getty iStock

Neil Mitchell
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