The outstanding achievements of the State Emergency Service (SES) were showcased last night, with volunteers from Kalbarri, Mandurah, Karratha and Roebourne taking out top honours.
The 2014 SES Awards ceremony took place during a gala dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, recognising volunteers who had gone above and beyond the call of duty.
The Karratha and Roebourne SES Units were recipients of the Team Achievement Award, after donating 1150 hours over six days to help the community recover from Tropical Cyclone Christine, which hit the Pilbara on New Year’s Eve.
The prestigious Peter Keillor Award was presented to Kalbarri SES Local Manager Steve Cable for outstanding commitment to the service. Steve has been credited with revitalising the Kalbarri SES, being the driving force behind successful recruitment initiatives that have attracted and retained new members.
Meggan Miller, who joined the SES as a cadet and is now an operational member of the Mandurah SES, was awarded the Youth Achievement Award. Meggan developed a range of training exercises that improved the unit’s overall skills and is an exemplary role model to junior cadets.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson extended his congratulations to all of the recipients.
“Congratulations to all of the 2014 SES awards recipients for 2014,” Commissioner Gregson said. “They are role models to both the SES and the wider community, demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities, a hard work ethic and initiative.
“The awards are also an opportunity to take a moment and acknowledge the dedication of all SES volunteers, who are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.”
SES volunteers play a lead role in the response to emergencies such as storms, cyclones and floods, and work with other emergency services at searches, rescues and fires.
There are more than 2000 SES volunteers across Western Australia.
The 2014 SES Awards were presented across three categories:
Peter Keillor Award
Steve Cable, Kalbarri SES
Steve Cable was nominated for his outstanding commitment to the SES. Mr Cable moved to Kalbarri in 2007 and has since revitalised the unit, implementing recruitment drives which have succeeded in attracting and retaining members. He has been heavily involved in not only conducting and delivering training to his local unit, but across the wider region.
Team Achievement Award
Karratha and Roebourne SES Units
The Karratha and Roebourne SES Units were recognised for their combined efforts during Cyclone Christine, which hit the Pilbara on New Year’s Eve in 2013. Between the units, 1150 hours were donated over six days to restore towns in the region, including Karratha, Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson and Cossack.
Youth Achievement Award
Meggan Miller, Mandurah SES
Meggan Miller joined the SES as a cadet and has gone on to become a fully operational member of the Mandurah SES Communications Unit. She has actively developed a range of training exercises that have improved the unit’s overall skills. Having moved through the cadet program she has been a sound leader and role model for junior cadets.
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