“Volunteer”, in it for Life
The Gosnells State Emergency Service Unit recently appointed Mark Geary as a Life Member of the unit. This was one of many presentations made to the volunteers from the Gosnells SES recently during National Volunteers Week. The appointment was in recognition of the service, commitment and assistance to the Gosnells SES, and community.
Mark joined the SES in July 1997, and continues to improve the way the Gosnells SES serves the community. Mark has volunteered countless hours to supporting the Gosnells and wider community by way of training, community events as well as responding to disasters during day or night, and regardless of weather conditions.
“Mark’s commitment to the Gosnells SES has been exceptional and it is fitting that it is recognised with the awarding of Life Membership of the Gosnells SES”, said Paul Hollamby, Local Manager. Mark was part of the state deployment to Victoria in 2010 to assist with the devastation caused by the hailstorm. In 2005 Mark as part of the state team to compete in the National Disaster Rescue Competition held in Sydney. When the same competition was held in Bunbury in 2007, Mark was a key volunteer assisting with the technical assessments.
Mark was the previous Local Manager of the Gosnells unit, and now fulfils the role of Training Manager. His dedication to training and sharing his knowledge and experience to his peers has strengthened the abilities of the Gosnells unit. Knowledge and skills that Mark initially learnt and then passed through subsequence training at both local and regional courses include land search, USAR (urban search and rescue), storm mitigation and abseiling / cliff rescues.
Mark Geary (left) receiving the Life Member Award from Paul Hollamby (right) at a dinner with families, celebrating National Volunteer Week