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Media Release

Dedicated volunteers recognised for outstanding service
Saturday 21 September 2013 – 4:00 PM
A Fitzroy Crossing volunteer who followed in his parents’ footsteps to become a valued local firefighter is one of four volunteers recognised at the 2013 Volunteer Emergency and Fire Services Awards.
The annual Volunteer Emergency Service (VES) and Volunteer Fire Services (VFS) awards recognise outstanding service by the multifunctional units and brigades that have the skills required to respond to fires, carry out land searches, and assist in road crash rescues.
Thomas Garner, a volunteer with the Fitzroy Crossing VES, received the Youth Achievement Award for consistently being a positive volunteer who always makes himself available to his unit.
Other award winners included Tambellup VES team leader Laurie Hull who received the DFES Award for Excellence and training officer Helen Smith from MAPS-WA VES who was named Outstanding Volunteer Member.
While the Morawa Fire Service was named Outstanding VES Unit or Brigade for working tirelessly to educate their community on how to prevent emergency incidents from occurring.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said volunteers made substantial personal sacrifices to offer their time and expertise to serve the community.
“VES and VFS members are the allrounders of emergency services who attend a variety of dangerous and difficult situations from bushfires to road crash rescues,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“Award winners and finalists deserve congratulations for their dedication and effort, and should be acknowledged as worthy role models in the community.”
The Volunteer Emergency and Fire Services Awards for 2013 were presented across four categories:
Outstanding VES Unit or Brigade
Morawa Fire Service
The fire service is diligent in all aspects of prevention, preparation, response to and recovery from emergencies in their community. The proactive volunteers of Morawa are regular visitors to local schools and community centres, and make appearances at events where they have the opportunity to promote safety messages.
Outstanding Volunteer Member
Helen Smith, MAPS-WA VES
Helen Smith is part of the recently formed MAPS-WA VES unit that forms at the Emergency Services Complex or another location to offer mapping support during major incidents across the State. Ms Smith dedicated much of her time to developing the training package for volunteers to the unit, who as a result of her hard work, were able to be deployed to major incidents earlier in the year including during Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty and bushfires in the Avon Valley near Perth.
DFES Award for Excellence
Laurie Hull, Tambellup VES
A volunteer with the Tambellup VES since 1976, Laurie Hull has been a skilled and dedicated member who consistently seeks to assist the development of the service. From the routine aspects of volunteering, such as equipment maintenance and administration, to response to emergency incidents, Mr Hull has always been a valuable resource to his unit. A wealth of local knowledge and emergency response experience also makes Mr Hull a mentor to new volunteers and he enthusiastically shares his passion for community service.
Youth Achievement Award
Thomas Garner, Fitzroy Crossing VES
Thomas Garner comes from a family of volunteer firefighters. Since joining the Fitzroy Crossing VES in April 2012, Mr Garner has consistently demonstrated an enthusiastic attitude and has become a respected team member. From encouraging new recruits to being ready to turn out to an emergency incident at all times of the day or night, Mr Garner is a valued member of his unit and community.
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