Volunteers recognised for excellence in saving lives at sea
rescue service volunteers hailing from Mandurah, Walpole, Albany and Kalbarri were
recognised last night for their outstanding efforts to help protect and save
lives at sea.
2015 Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VMRS) Awards were presented across four
categories, with the volunteers going above and beyond the call of duty to
serve their communities.
DFES Award for Youth Achievement was presented to Mandurah Water Rescue Group Cadet
Adam Farmer for his quick thinking and calm manner that helped save the life of
an electric shock victim.
Walpole Sea Search and Rescue Group member Alex Williams was presented
with the DFES Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution for his exemplary commitment
to the service. Alex has developed combined training exercises for VMRS groups
in the South West and provided invaluable guidance for the future direction of
The VMRWA Award for Outstanding Group Operations was taken out by the
Albany Sea Rescue Squad for the second consecutive year, recognising their
holistic approach towards marine safety and unwavering commitment to search and
rescue in highly volatile conditions.
The Kalbarri Sea Search and Rescue Group won the Department of Transport
Award for Excellent in Marine Safety for their outstanding contribution to
increasing community safety on the water by identifying and upgrading markers that
were unclear to vessels navigating their way into and out of the Murchison
River inlet at Kalbarri.
and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson congratulated the 2015 award
awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the commitment of our marine
rescue volunteers, who attended nearly 1,000 incidents during the last year,” Commissioner
winners have made a tremendous contribution to helping keep Western Australians
safe on the water, and are highly deserving of the recognition they have
rescue volunteers attend a range of incidents including search and rescue
missions for lost people and vessels at sea, assisting vessels in trouble to
shore and recovering grounded and submerged vessels.
you are interested in joining your local VMRS, contact DFES’s Volunteer
Recruitment Line on 1800 628 141.
of the 2015 VMRS Awards are:
DFES Award for Youth Achievement or Contribution to Youth Development
Adam Farmer, Cadet Mandurah Water Rescue Group
Farmer was recognised for his outstanding assistance to the local community
when he worked diligently to revive an electric shock victim while awaiting the
paramedic’s arrival. Adam’s quick-thinking and ability to remain calm and
controlled in an emergency situation, coupled with his first-aid training
ensured that the victim, who was in a critical condition, received immediate medical
attention and was able to make a full recovery.
DFES Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution
Alex Williams, Walpole Sea Search and Rescue Group
South Coast Zone Commander and Walpole Sea Search and Rescue Group
member Alex Williams has been instrumental in facilitating combined group training
exercises to ensure best practice and preparedness for any emergency at sea. Alex
continues to demonstrate exemplary leadership skills and dedication to the
service, providing support and guidance to the VMRS across Australia.
for Outstanding Group Operations
Albany Sea Rescue Squad
The Albany Sea Rescue Squad was awarded for their team efforts responding
to a number of search and rescue events in a short period of time,
demonstrating a dedication to preparedness and response that is first rate.
Their commitment to the community is seen in their strong advocacy for marine
safety, professionalism in emergency situations and willingness to provide
knowledge and expertise on local conditions.
of Transport Award for Excellence in Marine Safety
Kalbarri Sea Search and Rescue Group
Sea Search and Rescue Group was recognised for their commitment to
improving community safety on the water, by identifying unclear markers on the
approach to the Murchison River inlet at Kalbarri. The upgrade of the markers
will exponentially increase the safety of commercial and recreational vessels
navigating their way into and out of the inlet, potentially saving lives.
more information about the VMRS Awards visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards