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DFES Awards

WA Fire and Emergency Services Awards 2021

DFES category winners

These awards recognise and acknowledge the outstanding individual contribution of Department of Fire and Emergency Services operational and corporate employees.

Congratulations to the 2021 winners:

DFES Operational Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution

  • Andrew Thompson, Lower South West Regional Office

Andrew Thompson AFSM is dedicated to lifting people up to be their best. From guiding youth involved in juvenile arson events to change their behaviours to supporting the welfare of volunteer brigade members through traumatic events, his 30 years with the BFB, VFRS and CFRS is leaving an impact on lives throughout the Lower South West.

DFES Corporate Awards for Outstanding Individual Contribution

  • Nicola O'Callaghan, Marine Services

Whether she realises or not, Nicola O’Callaghan’s efforts are contributing to a healthier society. Through the negotiation, communication, and engagement required to rebrand and deliver 37 marine rescue groups across WA, she’s become a compassionate and empathetic leader. She has stood up and spoken up as a young woman and created community connections that are changing the culture of marine services.


Previous Award Recipients

Operational Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution
Mark Spatocco, Communications Centre (2020)

Corporate Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution
Shelley Staff, Enterprise Risk Management​​​ (2020)​​​​​​​​​​​