SES volunteers awarded for frontline emergency efforts
who worked on the frontlines during the State’s biggest emergencies were
acknowledged last night at the 2015 State Emergency Service Awards.
included the Manjimup SES Unit, which won the Team Achievement Award for their
significant contribution to saving Northcliffe during the bushfire that
threatened the town earlier this year.
bushfire was the biggest in the South West in more than 50 years and the
Manjimup SES Unit put in more than 1,200 volunteer hours, away from their work
and family, to help save the town and surrounding areas.
and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the awards were an
important opportunity to recognise outstanding community service.
Emergency Service volunteers make significant sacrifices so they can respond to
people in need,” Commissioner Gregson said.
night recipients embody the ideals of community spirit.”
have had a significant influence on State’s capacity to respond to emergencies
through their dedication to training and helping their fellow volunteers expand
their technical skills.”
winner of the 2015 Peter Keillor Award was Bayswater SES rescue section leader
Jane Campbell, who has served her community through the SES for a decade.
her busy job as an emergency room nurse, Jane volunteers an average of 15 hours
a week to the SES and has provided training to other volunteers throughout the
winner of the 2015 Youth Achievement Award was Mt Barker SES Local Manager
relatively new member of the service, Kirsten has dedicated her spare hours to
boosting her unit’s membership and increasing its community profile.
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.
are more than 2,000 SES volunteers across Western Australia.
2015 SES Awards were presented across three categories:
Campbell, Bayswater SES
Jane has been
a member of the Bayswater SES Unit since 2005, becoming an integral part of the
Unit’s management, leadership and training teams. Last year she gained her Cert
IV in training and assessing, ensuring there is high quality delivery and
assessment within the Bayswater Unit and the SES as a whole. Jane is a committed
member, showing a high level of professionalism and dedication to the service.
The Manjimup SES
Unit demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment responding to the
Northcliffe bushfire in February, which burnt more than 98,000 hectares. Its
members performed various functions, including radio operations, logistics
support, assisting with water bomber reloading and in Incident Management
Teams. Collectively the Manjimup SES Unit donated more than 1,200 hours to the
multi-agency response effort.
Beidatsch, Mt Barker SES
over the role as the Local Manager of the Mt Barker SES in 2014 and has shown
exceptional leadership skills. She has implemented innovative ideas that have
raised the profile of the Unit and actively recruited new members. Kirsten was
recently named the Western Australian Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2015,
reflecting her passion and commitment not only for the SES but the wider
more information about the SES Awards visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards