A GROUP of State Emergency Service volunteers were busy learning new skills on Saturday.
Eight representatives from SES units including Gisborne, Woodend, Kyabram and Mildura are completing a four-day General Rescue Training course at Bendigo's SES headquarters.
Marong SES media liaison officer Greg Cheyne said the training covered an array of topics including safety procedures.
"After the people have done their fundamentals training they come in and do general rescue which gives them some knowledge on the type of equipment that's used in the SES," he said.
"It also covers how to lift things safety and to a certain height off the ground to retrieve an injured person if need be.
"It's four days over two weekends, this was the second weekend.
"So after this weekend they'll be out and about with their units, putting all their new found skills to practice."
Gisborne SES volunteer Erin Hansford said the training was great.
"I joined the SES at the start of the year," she said.
"I guess I wanted a different challenge.
"This training is one of the first basic steps, you have to do it to be operational so I'm looking forward to putting my new skills to the test."
Mr Cheyne said SES units around the state were looking for more volunteers.
"If people want to get in touch with their unit they can contact their regional office or go to the Vic SES website and follow the prompts," he said.
"Anyone can do it.
"Anyone can be an SES volunteer.
"You don't have to have a trade, you don't have to have a skill.
"All the training is done by the SES and the SES teach you the rescue skills that you need.
"It's a great thing to do for the community."