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Media Release

Award finalists demonstrate excellence in volunteering
Thursday 1 August 2013 – 8:00 AM
Volunteers who have excelled in helping communities under threat or in need of assistance during emergencies will be recognised at the 2013 Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Awards.
DFES Volunteer Emergency Service (VES) and Volunteer Fire Service (VES) members attend emergency incidents, including bush and structural fires, and road crash rescues.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the awards recognised outstanding VES and VFS volunteers who had shown commitment, dedication and courage.
“Volunteers play a vital role in the protection of the public and carry out a variety of functions that range from fighting fires on the front line to providing logistical support,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“Among the finalists this year is the Bremer Bay VES, which spent many hours fighting the fire that threatened the town in November last year, and the Morawa VFS which contributes significantly to keeping its local community safe.
“Individual finalists include a volunteer from the new Maps-WA VES unit that provides mapping assistance to incident management teams during major emergencies.
“Having strong and capable volunteers, such as the finalists named this year, ensures that the State’s fire and emergency services remain resilient and robust into the future.”
This year finalists have been named in two categories. These include the Outstanding Volunteer Member Award and Outstanding Volunteer Emergency Service Unit or Volunteer Fire Service Award.
A further two categories, the Youth Achievement Award and DFES Award for Excellence, will be presented during a formal ceremony in September.
2013 Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Awards Finalists:
Outstanding Volunteer Member Award
• Helen Smith, MAPS-WA VES
• Wes Thomas, Bremer Bay VES
Outstanding Volunteer Emergency Service Unit or Volunteer Fire Service Award
• Morawa VFS
• Bremer Bay VES
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