Six State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and three SES Units have been named as finalists in this year’s SES Awards. Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said the finalists had each made an outstanding contribution to their area and it is wonderful to see them recognised for their valuable work. It was not an easy task to select only nine finalists from the outstanding nominations received,Mr Bailey said.
These awards give us the opportunity to acknowledge volunteers have done exceptional work in their own time for the emergency services.It is also an opportunity to thank all of our SES volunteers who continue to commit countless hours to keeping communities safe.
This year almost 2,000 SES volunteers have given their personal time and efforts to respond to more than 700 incidents across Western Australia. Volunteers right across the state have, led the clean-up effort following widespread, damaging storms, completed often dangerous cliff rescues and have worked tirelessly assisting with searches.
SES volunteers work throughout the whole year with storms affecting the winter months and floods, cyclones and bushfires affecting the warmer months. Their efforts are extraordinary and I offer my congratulations, not only to the award finalists, but to every SES volunteer across the state, Mr Bailey said.
The SES Awards are presented in three categories.
The Peter Keillor Award, named after a former Murray SES volunteer, is awarded to a volunteer who has gone beyond the call of duty in demonstrating a high level of dedication and commitment to the SES.
The collective work of a team or unit is recognised with the Team Achievement Award.
Volunteers aged 16 to 25 years who have made a valuable contribution to their unit are recognised with the Youth Achievement Award.
Nominees were judged on their dedication to duty, involvement in the development or implementation of programs, contribution to the service and excellence in preparedness, response and safety at an incident.
The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony in November.
2012 State Emergency Service Awards Finalists:
Peter Keilor Award
- Bill Hansen, Joondalup SES Unit
- Keith Drayton, Cockburn SES Unit
- Wayne Credaro, Augusta Margaret River SES Unit
Team Achievement Award
- Augusta Margaret River SES Unit, Augusta Margaret River
- Kununarra SES Unit, Kunnunara
- Simon Davidson, Nicole Kelly and Benjamin Bickley, Tom Price SES Unit
Youth Achievement Awards
- Ben Gardiner, Busselton SES Unit
- Luke Hollis, Donnybrook SES Unit
- Steven Crawford, Communications Support Unit and Cockburn SES Unit