Time to recognise employers for their critical role in volunteering
Employers that support emergency service volunteers are being recognised with nominations for the 2015 Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards set to close this month.
The Awards aim to recognise employers whose exceptional sacrifices enable their staff to respond to emergencies, such as fires, storms, cyclones and road crashes.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said employers and self-employed volunteers played a crucial role in allowing emergency responders to attend a range of incidents.
“Flexible work arrangements make it easier for emergency service volunteers help their communities in times of need,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“Releasing employees during work hours to respond to emergencies is a truly selfless contribution worthy of recognition.
“Volunteers who are self-employed also bear the costs of being unable to work when attending an emergency and this has a direct impact on their business.”
Commissioner Gregson said three levels of recognition for employers – Gold, Silver and Bronze – aimed to recognise the variety of contributions made by different employers, from flexible hours to the use of company vehicles and donated rest time.
For example, in 2014 Path Transit in Malaga received a gold award for its support of the Wanneroo Central Bush Fire Brigade, which included providing bus transport for volunteers to training and events.
Regional employers also featured, with the Shire of Manjimup picking up a gold award for its commitment which included allowing employees to attend emergencies, including travel and rest time, without loss of pay.
Nominations are open until 4pm on Wednesday 26 August and can be made via the DFES website, www.dfes.wa.gov.au.
Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications 9225 5955