The State’s most outstanding SES volunteers
were recognised for their dedication and commitment to helping the community at
the 2017 State Emergency Service Awards last night.
Volunteers from the Mundaring, Esperance and
Kalamunda units were acknowledged for their work on the frontline at
emergencies and in maintaining the integrity and capability of the SES.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Commissioner Wayne Gregson presented the awards to the recipients and commended
them on their contribution to Western Australia.
“SES volunteers provide much needed support
through emergency incidents and these awards are an important part in thanking
individuals and units for their selfless acts,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“The men and women recognised yesterday have
proven themselves to be pillars of the Western Australian community and are
very deserving of the recognition from their peers and DFES.
“It has been a busy year for the men and
women in orange attending almost 470 incidents and committing almost 18,000
hours to land searches, rescues, fires and storm damage recovery in the past
“All of our SES volunteers are highly
respected and admired individuals and I congratulate all of them on their
services in keeping our State safe.”
Mundaring SES Training Manager Robert Palmer
is the recipient of the Peter Keillor Award for his exceptional commitment to
ensuring the unit and its members are prepared to serve the community.
The Team Achievement Award was won by the
Esperance SES Unit whose expertise and skillset at severe flooding in the
region earlier in the year was highly praised by other emergency response
Brayden Dilley from Kalamunda SES was
presented the Youth Achievement Award for his dedication to duty beyond normal
expectations, including contribution to the efficiency, effectiveness and
development of the Kalamunda SES through inspiration and innovation.
The 2017 SES Award winners were presented
across three categories:
Peter Keillor Award
Robert Palmer – Mundaring SES
An SES volunteer for nearly 20 years, Robert dedicates a large portion of his
own time to ensuring the Mundaring SES runs effectively and provides support in
a timely manner when needed. In the time Robert has served with the unit he has
taken on the roles of Administration Officer, Deputy Local Manager and Local
Manager. After retiring from the Local Manager role he now imparts his
knowledge to other volunteers in the unit as the Training Manager ensuring they
provide effective and timely support at all incidents.
Team Achievement Award
The Esperance unit attended a number of emergency response incidents over the
past year including missing person searches, bush fires, assisting at the scene
of a fatal shark attack and rescues along the State’s coastline but it was
their tireless efforts during severe flooding in the region in February 2017
that earned them the Team Achievement Award. Nominated by their counterparts at
WA Police, Esperance conducted risk assessments and high risk search and
rescues for people missing in the floodwaters. Their skills and knowledge
enabled them to respond quickly in a courageous and dignified manner for the
emergency response agencies and families involved.
Brayden Dilley – Kalamunda SES
Brayden’s willingness to share his experiences, guidance on best practise and
sincere encouragement showed a maturity and astuteness beyond his years. The
SES is committed to attracting more young people into their ranks and Brayden is
a fine example of the volunteers that will continue to grow and advance the SES
into the future. His devotion to the SES and enthusiasm for helping others has
made him a much respected volunteer among his peers.
For more information
about the SES Awards visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/awards
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