An Australian first system that manages health risks posed by clandestine drug labs and a program which raises awareness of first aid in rural communities will represent WA as part of a national event for community resilience.
The two programs were named State winners in the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards at a ceremony hosted by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) today.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said resilience was critical to help people get ready for the unexpected during and after incidents where their life might be in danger.
“The Clandestine Drug Lab Management System and the Emergency Care and Injury Management Project have demonstrated they are leaders in promoting community resilience,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“It is inspiring to see how community and government programs can make a significant difference in supporting people to be well prepared and recover quickly following a major emergency.”
Managed by Department of Health, Department of Environment Regulation, Department of Housing and WA Police, the Clandestine Drug Lab Management System idenfities and supports the speedy clean up of drug-related health hazards.
The Emergency Care and Injury Management project runs workshops on first aid and other practical emergency information for rural environments. Farmsafe WA Alliance, St John Ambulance, DFES and WA Police jointly manage the project.
Commissioner Gregson said the two projects would now contest the National Resilient Australia Awards to be held in Canberra later this year.
“Congratulations to the winners and finalists for their hard work, and for the contribution that has been made in helping us build a more resilient community,” he said.
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The list of this year’s award recipients is below.
WA 2013 Resilient Australia Awards
Category: State Government
Project: Clandestine Drug Lab Management System
Organisations: Department of Environment Regulation (lead), Department of Housing, Department of Health and WA Police
Category: Not for Profit Sector
Project: Emergency Care and Injury Management Project
Organisations: Farmsafe WA Alliance (lead), DFES, WA Police and St John Ambulance
Project: Rio Tinto Life Flight Jet
Organisations: Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations (lead), Rio Tinto, Royalties for Regions
Category: Local Government
Project: Communicating Heatwave
Organisation: City of Mandurah (lead) and Department of Health
Project: Can you do 72 – are you prepared?
Organisation: City of Cockburn