- Volunteer and career members of State’s emergency services recognised in 13 categories
- Awards acknowledge group and individual achievements across Fire Services, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) and State Emergency Service (SES)
- First time all emergency groups recognised in one awards ceremony
Ordinary Western Australians who have made extraordinary contributions to protect and save their fellow community members were recognised on Friday evening at the inaugural Fire and Emergency Services Awards Ceremony.
The awards were presented to individuals and groups across 13 categories covering Fire Services, Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) and State Emergency Service (SES).
Among those recognised on Friday evening, Fremantle Sea Rescue was awarded the Outstanding Group Operations for its state-of-the-art technology which allows them to monitor and transmit 11 marine radio channels from any smart phone, tablet or computer anywhere in the world.
The Tom Price Bush Fire Brigade and Volunteer Fire Rescue Service received the Firefighting Team Achievement Award for working together to defend the Pilbara mining town and its residents in October 2017, harnessing each other’s skills and expertise.
The SES youth achievement award went to Sarah Hamilton from the Belmont/Victoria Park SES for her initiative and perseverance to create a SES badge for Scouts, motivated by her desire to encourage others to positively experience the two volunteer organisations she loves.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“I want to extend a big congratulations to all the award recipients and thank them for their outstanding efforts at helping to keep the people of Western Australia safe and to rescue them from harm.
“Everyone nominated has displayed qualities that make them exceptional in their respective fields: team work, bravery, sacrifice, selflessness.
“Volunteering is one of the most admirable commitments you can make to your community – without volunteers it would be impossible to respond to fires, floods, storms, cyclones, land and sea searches and rescues.
“Although we have recognised a handful of members of our emergency services with these awards, every single member is to be congratulated for the role they play and the commitment they have shown to the people of Western Australia.”
Award recipients were recognised across three services:
Volunteer Marine Rescue Service WA
DFES Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution
Jeff Howe ESM – Volunteer Marine Rescue WA Commander
VMRWA Award for Outstanding Group Operations
Fremantle Sea Rescue Group
VMRWA Commander’s Award
Volunteer Marine Rescue Training Group
Department of Transport Award for Excellence in Marine Safety
Port Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue
WA Youth Achievement Award
Callum O’Connell, Tom Price Emergency Services Cadet Corp
WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award
Gyula Bogar, Boyup Brook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award
Bradley Warr, Dwellingup Bush Fire Brigade
WA Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Award
Chris Unstead, Bullsbrook Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service
Team Achievement Award
Tom Price Bush Fire Brigade and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
WA Career Fire and Rescue Service Award
Phil Brandrett, DFES District Officer, Lower South West
State Emergency Service
Peter Keillor Award
Stephen Faulkner – Wanneroo Joondalup SES
Team Achievement Award
National Disaster Rescue Challenge 2017 – WA SES Team
Youth Achievement Award
Sarah Hamilton – Belmont/Victoria Park SES