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Media Release

Community safety the big winner at State awards
Tuesday 13 September 2011 – 10:45 AM

​Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) has taken out the State’s top honour at the 2011 Australian Safer Communities Awards.
SLSWA was recognised for an innovative online learning tool, which provides volunteer lifesavers with a more accessible and flexible training system, allowing them more time protecting the community on the front line.
Acting FESA Chief Executive Frank Pasquale said the prestigious awards acknowledged innovative projects that helped communities across WA to be safer, stronger and more disaster resilient.
“The four organisations that made this year’s Western Australian finals were of a very high standard,” Mr Pasquale said.
“The awards highlight the hard work of individuals and teams that have made it their goal to protect both small and large communities.
“It is important that as leaders in emergency management we continue to work on and develop new strategies and programs to help communities cope if a disaster occurs,” he said.
SLSWA received the highest honour at the State awards for their “E-Learning for Front Line Life Savers” initiative in the Volunteer/Community Group category.
The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA) were awarded a high commendation for their joint project, “Hazardous Material Incident Management Plan” which was nominated in the State Government category.
Bushfire Safety Consulting also received a high commendation for its “School Bushfire Risk Management” initiative in the Private Sector category, while the Shire of Denmark was recognised with a commendation for their “Evacuation Bag Initiative” in the Education, Training and Research category.
The State winner gains automatic entry into the National Australian Safer Communities Awards, which will be held in December at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The full list of finalists is below.
Volunteer/Community Group
• Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA); “E-Learning for Front Line Lifesavers” initiative
Highly commended:
State Government
• Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA); “Hazardous Material Incident Management Plan” joint project
Private Sector Category
• Bushfire Safety Consulting Pty Ltd; “School Bushfire Risk Management” initiative
Education, Training and Research category
• Shire of Denmark; “Evacuation Bag Initiative”

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