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Media Release

​Volunteers recognised for excellence in saving lives at sea
Sunday 20 September 2015 – 9:30 AM

Marine 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.

The 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. 

The 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 VMRS.

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.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson congratulated the 2015 award recipients.

“These 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 Gregson said.

“The winners have made a tremendous contribution to helping keep Western Australians safe on the water, and are highly deserving of the recognition they have received.”

Marine 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.  

If you are interested in joining your local VMRS, contact DFES’s Volunteer Recruitment Line on 1800 628 141.

The recipients of the 2015 VMRS Awards are:

DFES Award for Youth Achievement or Contribution to Youth Development

Adam Farmer, Cadet Mandurah Water Rescue Group

Cadet Adam 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.

VMRWA Award 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.

Department of Transport Award for Excellence in Marine Safety

Kalbarri Sea Search and Rescue Group

The Kalbarri 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.

For more information about the VMRS Awards visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards

 

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