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Nicole Thomas and Shane Townsend find Love out of disaster via the SES - The Canberra Times

by | July 29, 2014

Carting sandbags in the midst of a natural disaster probably isn't the most romantic scenario, but it didn't stop SES volunteers Nicole Thomas and Shane Townsend falling in love.

The Canberra couple met through the State Emergency Service when they were deployed to Hay in New South Wales in early 2012 to assist the community with flood relief.

Having entered the SES six months apart, the two just missed training together.

Nicole went on to volunteer for the Belconnen unit, and Shane for Tuggeranong.

"I had just moved up from Victoria and I was looking for a way to meet people," Nicole said.

"It was also a way to do something more physical, because I was in an office job, and a way to give back to the community. The SES is a lovely combination of all those things," Nicole said.

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