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Media Release

Celebrating the contribution of emergency services volunteers
Monday 11 May 2015 – 9:00 AM

Emergency services volunteers are being celebrated as part of National Volunteer Week, 11 to 17 May.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Volunteer and Youth Services Manager Wayne Fanderlinden said the week was an opportunity to acknowledge the important contribution fire and emergency services volunteers make to community safety.

"Volunteers give up their own time to help the community in times of need,” Mr Fanderlinden said.

"They are on-call around the clock and respond to bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and land and sea search and rescue operations.

"As well as attending emergencies, volunteers spend time training to maintain their specialised skills and expertise.

"We are fortunate to have such highly skilled and dedicated volunteers, who provide this invaluable service to their communities.”

This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is "Give Happy, Live Happy,” focusing on how volunteers feel rewarded and happier as a result of helping people in vulnerable situations.
 
"Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills, meet new people and give back to the community,” Mr Fanderlinden said.

"We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to consider volunteering with their local brigade, group or unit,” Mr Fanderlinden added.

DFES supports volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire Services, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, State Emergency Service and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Services.

For more information about becoming a fire and emergency services volunteer phone 1800 628 141 or visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au

Know an outstanding volunteer whose contribution deserves recognition?

Nominations are now open for a variety of awards aimed at acknowledging the outstanding contributions of volunteer fire and emergency personnel.

Nominations close at 5pm on 29 May, with winners to be announced during the 2015 WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference in September.

To nominate or learn more, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards

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