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Media Release

Helping protect lives at sea earns volunteers high accolades
Sunday 31 July 2011 – 11:00 AM

​Marine rescue volunteers from across the State have been acknowledged for their dedication and commitment to protecting lives out on the water.

Twenty three volunteers and groups were nominated across six categories for the Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VMRS) awards that were held as part of the inaugural WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference this weekend.

FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said those who received awards had excelled in their roles as marine rescue volunteers by putting their safety on the line to help others in need.
 
“Marine rescue volunteers brave treacherous conditions and risk their own safety in order to protect the community,” she said.
 
“The award recipients not only sacrificed their own time to perform a community service, but they excelled in doing so.”
 
This year’s award recipients represented groups from Albany, Hopetoun, Rockingham, Mandurah, Kalbarri and the East Kimberley.
 
Last year, marine rescue volunteers responded to more than 600 search and rescue incidents across WA and spent almost 14,000 hours preparing for and responding to calls for help.
 
With the vast WA coastline stretching some 13,000 kilometres, the community relies on groups located across the State that can respond whenever the alarm is raised.

 “We are very fortunate to have more than 1300 active FESA marine rescue volunteers protecting us and our visitors on the water,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.
 
“But their dedication doesn’t stop there, they also put in thousands of hours monitoring the movement of recreational vessels and undertaking training,” she said.

VMRS groups are located across the state, from Rockingham in the west, to Esperance in the south, and Kununurra in the north, with groups also located on Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The groups all work towards protecting life at sea and in our coastal waterways.

The full list of WA award winners and finalists is below.

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2011 VMRS AWARDS
 
VMRWA Award for Excellence in Volunteer Marine Rescue Services Group Operations
Award Recipient: Albany Sea Rescue Squad
Finalist: Bremer Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue
Finalist: Naturaliste Volunteer Sea Rescue Group
Finalist: Mandurah Water Rescue Group

Paul Kimber Award for Excellence in Volunteer Marine Rescue Services
Award Recipient: Hopetoun Sea Search and Rescue Group
Finalist: Alex Williams, Walpole Sea Search and Rescue Group
Finalist: Walpole Sea Search and Rescue Group
Finalist: Peter Edwards, Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group
Finalist: Mike Northcott, Peaceful Bay Sea Rescue Group
Finalist: Zakaria Lakina, Cocos (Keeling) Island Volunteer Marine Rescue Services
 
FESA VMRS Award for Outstanding Member
Award Recipient: Peter Newell, Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Squad
Finalist: Joy Pratt, Port Denison Volunteer Sea Rescue Group
Finalist: Chris Johns, Albany Sea Rescue Squad
Finalist: Allan Pardoe-Bell, East Kimberley Volunteer Sea Rescue Group
Finalist: Don Thomas Lysle, Lancelin Sea Search and Rescue Group
Finalist: David Henderer, Augusta Volunteer Marine and Rescue Group
Finalist: Nona Painter, Kalbarri Volunteer Rescue Group
Finalist: Alex Williams, Walpole Sea Search and Rescue Group
Finalist: Zakaria Lakina, Cocos (Keeling) Island Volunteer Marine Rescue Services
Finalist: Charles Schipp, Carnarvon Volunteer Sea Rescue

FESA VMRS Award for Youth Achievement
Award Recipient:  James Nock, Mandurah Water Rescue Group
Finalist: Iesha Gaitskell, Carnarvon Volunteer Sea Rescue
 
Department of Transport (Marine) Award for Excellence in Marine Safety
Award recipient: Kalbarri Volunteer Rescue Group
 

VMRWA Commanding Officers Award
Award Recipient: Allan Pardoe-Bell, East Kimberley Volunteer Sea Rescue Group

 

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