Seventy nine employers throughout the State have been recognised today for keeping their local communities safe.
FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward, who presented the FESA Volunteer Recognition Program Awards, said it was more important than ever to recognise the employers who stand behind FESA’s emergency services volunteers.
“In the past twelve months Western Australia has been shaken, battered and burnt by some of the worst natural disasters in recent history,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.
“These include the Broome bushfires and Category 5 Cyclone Laurence in the North West, destructive regional bushfires in Badgingarra and Toodyay, the devastating March hailstorm that hit Perth and the Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake, which damaged a number of historical buildings.
“During these times of extraordinary circumstances, hundreds of employers allow our emergency services volunteers to take time off work to help their local communities.”
Ms Harrison-Ward said the role of employers is just as important as those who volunteer.
“Employers give volunteers the ability to leave paid work and respond instantly when the community needs them,” she said.
“Many employers take it one step further by providing resources, equipment and financial support, as well as promote volunteering.
“This is in spite of the disruption to workplaces and customers.”
Ms Harrison-Ward also paid special tribute to self-employed volunteers.
“Not only do these volunteers put their lives on the line during emergencies but close their doors and lose income.
“It is an incredible sacrifice to make and they are to be commended for their commitment and dedication.”
Ms Harrison-Ward said the awards were presented to a broad range of businesses and organisations including retail, mining and resources, agriculture, government and building industries.
“I’m proud that these awards are the first of their kind in Australia to receive formal accreditation,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.
“It is a small way FESA and the community can say thank you for your ongoing support.”
FESA Volunteer Employer Recognition Program Award Recipients
BHP Billiton - Nickel West
Public Transport Authority - Transwa Division
Safety, Human Resource, Environment, Quality Systems (SHREQ)
Gold Fields Australia - St Ives Gold Mine
Hully's Spraying Service
Shire of Plantagenet
Arvidale Garden Centre
Beris's Lifestyle & Gallery
Bird's Silos & Shelters
Chris Buckley Conveyancing
Esperance Regional Forum Inc
Graeme Stevens Shearing Contractor
H. Rushton & Co
Pingelly Plumbing Contractors
Shire of Broomhill - Tambellup
Shire of Pingelly Tambellup
G & T Motors
Water Corporation - Pingelly Depot
The Albany Golf Club
Wyndham District High School
Centre for Appropriate Technology, Desert People Centre
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
LJH Mini Excavators
OH & JM Edwards
Jeyco Mooring and Rigging
Central Park Management
City of Armadale – Ranger Services
City of Joondalup – Ranger Services
Cockburn Cement Ltd
Community and Public Sector Union
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - Office of Transport Security
ENGCOMM Services Pty Ltd
Mossy's Mini Excavators N.K.Contractors (1997) Pty Ltd
Shire of Mundaring
Swan District Hospital
WA Police - Communications
WA Police - Emergency Operations Unit
Water Corporation - Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant
Westrac Pty Ltd
CE Body Builders
Harvest FreshCuts Pty Ltd
Ultra Tune Auto Service Centre – Osborne Park
Worldwide Online Printing
Gary's Refrigeration Services
Benedictine Community of New Norcia
Bunnings Warehouse - Geraldton
Crudeli’s Auto Repairs
Monadelphous Maintenance & Industrial Services
Shire of Roebourne
Woodside Energy Ltd – Karratha Gas Plant – Maintenance Integration
Woodside Energy Ltd - Pluto LNG Project
Coates Hire Gregory Plumbing
Oceanic Offshore Pty Ltd
Rio Tinto Iron Ore – Karratha
Rio Tinto Iron Ore – Pilbara Iron Dampier
Rio Tinto Iron Ore – RSM/7 Mile Dampier
Rio Tinto Iron Ore – Asset Management IM Dampier
WA Police - Dampier District Police Station
Hair On The Avenue
Alcoa of Australia - Waroona
KS Scattini Electrics
Negus Enterprises Pty Ltd
PRT Chartered Accountants
Australia Post - Walpole
Bunnings Warehouse - Busselton
Karri Valley Resort
Margaret River Agricultural Services
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