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State Emergency Service Awards

SES achievements showcased at annual awards

The outstanding accomplishments of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were celebrated on Saturday 10 September at the 2016 SES Awards, which included responding to Tropical Cyclone Stan and providing vital assistance during the bushfires in the South West.

The prestigious awards were presented to Bunbury, Mandurah and Hedland SES volunteers, who were recognised amongst the 2,000 dedicated SES volunteers across Western Australia.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the awards were an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by SES volunteers to keeping the community safe.

“The recipients are highly deserving of these awards and are to be congratulated for their ongoing service to the community, which ultimately saves lives.”

“SES volunteers are a vital asset to Western Australian’s emergency response capacity,” Commissioner Gregson said.

“This year, SES volunteers dedicated over 13,000 hours to attend more than 350 incidents including storm damage, search and rescue missions, flood rescues, and bushfires.

The 2016 SES Awards were presented across three categories:

Peter Keillor Award

Keith Squibb, Hedland SES

Keith's time as a SES volunteer spans across 35 years and four different Units. Currently the Local Manager for Hedland SES, Keith is well respected by his fellow volunteers, DFES staff and the community for the dedication, professionalism and charisma he brings to the role. This was evident through the leadership his displayed as Incident Controller during Tropical Cyclone Stan which hit the Pilbara in January this year.

Team Achievement Award

Bunbury SES

The Bunbury SES Unit has had an extremely productive year, which has seen an extensive restructure of the unit, construction of its new headquarters and responding to two major bushfires in the South West, with volunteers donating in excess of 2,500 hours. This is a testament to the drive and commitment of the unit, with the restructure boosting morale, attracting a swathe of new recruits and securing the unit’s future vitality.

Youth Achievement Award

Mary-Therese Shanks, Mandurah SES

Mary-Therese has been an outstanding instructor, leader and organiser of the Mandurah SES Cadet Program; the growth, development and success of which can be directly attributed to her valuable input. As an excellent role model and ambassador for the SES, she has not only devised and coordinated the SES Cadet camps and training activities, but she has also initiated successful fundraising activities and participated in several incidents, including providing support at the Waroona bushfires for seven consecutive days.


Previous Award Recipients

Youth Achievement Award

  • Kirsten Beidatsch, Mt Barker SES (2015)
  • Meggan Miller, Mandurah SES (2014)
  • Melusha Robson, Communications Support Unit (2013)

Peter Keillor Award

  • Jane Campbell, Bayswater SES (2015)
  • Steve Cable, Kalbarri SES (2014)
  • Martin Hale, Bayswater SES (2013)

Team Achievement Award

  • Manjimup SES Unit (2015)
  • Karratha and Roebourne SES Units (2014)
  • Bayswater SES Unit Bike Team (2013)

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