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Media Release

Fire and emergency services volunteers thanked during National Volunteer Week
Tuesday 13 May 2014 – 11:25 AM
Western Australia’s fire and emergency services volunteers are this week being recognised as part of the country’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, which is being held from 12-18 May, with the theme ‘celebrate the power of volunteering’.
DFES Volunteer and Youth Services Manager Wayne Fanderlinden said the week gave the community the opportunity to publicly thank and recognise the commitment of volunteers.
“Fire and emergency services volunteers are unpaid, highly trained professionals who respond to a variety of emergency situations and risk their own lives to protect others,” Mr Fanderlinden said.
“When storms are causing widespread destruction, bushfires are threatening homes or cyclones are bearing down on communities across the State - our emergency services volunteers are there.
“During these disasters when people are leaving the affected areas, our volunteer members are arriving without hesitation to help others. 
“Constantly leaving their warm beds, homes, jobs and loved ones, volunteers would not be able to provide this valuable service without the families and employers who support them.
“Volunteers come from all walks of life and are available to assist their communities all year round, so this week we thank them and recognise their vital contribution.”
Volunteers make up 806 fire brigades, emergency services units and marine rescue groups in local communities across the State.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services supports volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, and Volunteer Marine Rescue Services.
Anyone interested in joining the DFES volunteer services can enquire with a free call to 1800 628 141 or via www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955


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