The outstanding accomplishments of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers were celebrated last night at the 2016 SES Awards, which included responding to Tropical Cyclone Stan and providing vital assistance during the bushfires in the South West.
The prestigious awards were presented to Bunbury, Mandurah and Hedland SES volunteers, who were recognised amongst the 2,000 dedicated SES volunteers across Western Australia.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the awards were an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the extraordinary contributions made by SES volunteers to keeping the community safe.
“SES volunteers are a vital asset to Western Australian’s emergency response capacity,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“This year, SES volunteers dedicated over 13,000 hours to attend more than 350 incidents including storm damage, search and rescue missions, flood rescues, and bushfires.
“This year notable incidents ranged from a successful land and air search in the Pilbara for a man with an intellectual disability who is deaf, multiple flood rescues in the Pilbara after Tropical Cyclone Stan lashed the region, to responding to storm damage after Perth and the South West took a battering in May.
“The recipients are highly deserving of these awards and are to be congratulated for their ongoing service to the community, which ultimately saves lives.”
Hedland SES Local Manager Keith Squibb was awarded the prestigious 2016 Peter Keillor Award for his dedicated service, including his exemplary leadership during Tropical Cyclone Stan which lashed the Pilbara earlier this year.
The Team Achievement Award was presented to the Bunbury SES Unit for their outstanding efforts to restructure their unit which has boosted morale, attracted new recruits and secured its future vitality.
Mary-Therese Shanks from the Mandurah SES Unit received the Youth Achievement award for her leadership of the Cadet Program, being an excellent role model and ambassador of the SES.
For more information about how to become a SES volunteer visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au
The 2016 SES Awards were presented across three categories:
Peter Keillor Award
Keith Squibb, Hedland SES
Keith's time as a SES volunteer spans across 35 years and four different Units. Currently the Local Manager for Hedland SES, Keith is well respected by his fellow volunteers, DFES staff and the community for the dedication, professionalism and charisma he brings to the role. This was evident through the leadership his displayed as Incident Controller during Tropical Cyclone Stan which hit the Pilbara in January this year.
Team Achievement Award
The Bunbury SES Unit has had an extremely productive year, which has seen an extensive restructure of the unit, construction of its new headquarters and responding to two major bushfires in the South West, with volunteers donating in excess of 2,500 hours. This is a testament to the drive and commitment of the unit, with the restructure boosting morale, attracting a swathe of new recruits and securing the unit’s future vitality.
Youth Achievement Award
Mary-Therese Shanks, Mandurah SES
Mary-Therese has been an outstanding instructor, leader and organiser of the Mandurah SES Cadet Program; the growth, development and success of which can be directly attributed to her valuable input. As an excellent role model and ambassador for the SES, she has not only devised and coordinated the SES Cadet camps and training activities, but she has also initiated successful fundraising activities and participated in several incidents, including providing support at the Waroona bushfires for seven consecutive days.
For more information about the SES Awards visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards