Allen Gale ESM
Allen joined the Northam SES Unit in 1972 and after initial training and experience worked his way up to several Volunteer Management Positions and eventually became a career officer in 1989. Allen has been the lead person in many operations around the state. These have included some very difficult searches with undesirable outcomes, search and rescue operations in flood and cyclonic situations and many evacuations.
On the non-operational side Allen has been a very effective coach and mentor to many SES Volunteers, represented the SES at many state level strategic meetings and in recent years has been the go-to and advisor person for the Chief Superintendents and other high-level staff in DFES.
Allen has been on many of the negotiating teams working for DFES and building the bridge, or middle ground, with the SES Volunteers to ensure the best level of support to the Community. After retirement in 2020, Allen became a peer reviewer for the book on the WA SES and Civil Defence History.
Throughout all these roles, Allen has given his time with little or no thought to himself but to the betterment of the Community.
Allen embodies the qualities of the committed State Emergency Service member and exemplifies a strong ethos and commitment to the community that would be difficult to surpass.
Throughout these 48 years as a Volunteer and staff member, Mr Gale’s dedication has been unquestioned, and with the support of Volunteers from many SES Units, he has put the needs of the community first to assist in their preparedness for the effects of any natural hazard.
Greg Cook SESVA President said I behalf of myself, Executive team and Committee members I would congratulate Allen on being awarded the Emergency Services Medal which recognizes your dedication and commitment to the SES and the Community at large.
Well Done Allen, and we thank you for your service.