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The South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES) is a community-based volunteer organisation established to provide an emergency response service across the state. Their mission is "To minimise the loss of life, injuries and damage from emergencies and natural disasters".
SASES has a number of legislative roles, including exercising responsibilities as Control Agency for flooding, extreme weather and structural collapse. SASES is also a Hazard Leader for extreme weather including storms and heatwaves.
Operational functions include responding to floods and storms; assisting police, health, and the two fire agencies in dealing with any emergency; as well as assisting in carrying out prevention, preparedness, response and recovery operations and undertaking rescues.
In addition to volunteer response training and operations, SASES is also involved in community education and emergency management activities including planning, training and support to zone emergency management committees.
At the strategic level the service is focused on building community resilience to natural disasters.
SASES's four strategic goals are:
The goals and objectives of the organisation drive and focus the efforts of staff and volunteers to meet the challenge of serving the people of South Australia, ensuring that SASES continues to grow its reputation as a reliable and trusted volunteer-based organisation building safe and resilient communities.