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Volunteer Marine Rescue Services Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Volunteer Marine Rescue Services Awards.

Honour the outstanding achievements of volunteers with the Volunteer Marine Rescue Services by nominating them for the 2019 Volunteer Marine Rescue Services Awards.

DFES volunteers can nominate on the Innovation Platform, which is accessed via the Volunteer Portal. Simply sign into the Volunteer Portal using your existing log on details and click on the 'Innovation' banner on the home page. If you have not signed into the Innovation Platform previously, you will be prompted to answer a few short questions.

DFES staff can nominate on the Innovation Platform, which is accessed via the Intranet (Applications > Innovation Platform P2P).

Members of the public can nominate by contacting the Awards Coordinator.

Nominations close 4pm Monday 13 May 2019.

Award Categories and Criteria
Awards are available in the following three categories:

Department of Fire and Emergency Services Award for Youth Achievement or Contribution to Youth Development
The future of the service depends on youth volunteers. This award will be presented to either:
  • A stand out volunteer or cadet under the age of 25 years who shows exceptional qualities and has made a remarkable contribution in the past 12 months; or a
  • A VMRS group who has contributed significantly to the development of youth volunteers.
  • Criteria:
  • Exceptional dedication to duty OR demonstrated outstanding effort during an incident.
  • Achievement in community education or awareness programs
  • Demonstrated leadership, reliability, dependability and teamwork


  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution
    The DFES Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution is the most distinguished and highest individual honour in the VMRS Awards. It is presented to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the VMRS in the past 12 months.
    Criteria:
  • Exceptional dedication to duty OR demonstrated outstanding effort during an incident.
  • Achievement in community education or awareness programs
  • Demonstrated leadership, reliability, dependability and teamwork


  • Volunteer Marine Rescue WA Award for Outstanding Group Operations
    The VMRWA Award for Outstanding Group Operations recognises a group who has excelled in all aspects of volunteering for VMRS. It is presented to a group who have made an outstanding contribution to the VMRS in the past 12 months.
    Criteria:
  • Outstanding rescue or activity.
  • Demonstrated excellence in preparedness, response and safety at an incident.
  • Exception dedication to duty to effect an operation.

  • Award Eligibility
    All current, active volunteers with the Volunteer Marine Rescue Services are eligible to be nominated for an award. Nominees must meet all the criteria in the award category.

    Award Ceremony
    Award recipients will be announced at a gala ceremony on Saturday 7 September during the 2019 WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference.

    Award Enquiries
    For further information please see the Volunteer Marine Rescue Services Awards Guidelines or email awards@dfes.wa.gov.au.


     
     

     

    Previous Award Recipients

    DFES Award for Youth Achievement or Contribution to Youth Development (cadets and volunteers 13-25 years)
    No recipient in 2018
    Jamie Jones, Geraldton Volunteer Search and Rescue (2017)
    Ryan Godfrey, Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group (2016)
    Adam Farmer, Cadet Mandurah Water Rescue Group (2015)

    DFES Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution
    Jeff Howe ESM, Volunteer Marine Rescue WA (2018)
    Christine Heu, Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue (2017)
    Barb Walton, Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue (2016) Alex Williams, Walpole Volunteer Marine Rescue Group (2015)

    VMRWA Award for Outstanding Group Operations
    Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group (2018)
    Coral Bay Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue (2017)
    Port Walcott Sea Search and Rescue (2016)
    Albany Sea Rescue Squad (2015) ​​​​​

    VMRWA Commander’s Award
    Volunteer Marine Rescue Training Group (2018)
    Ian Stiles, Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue (2017)
    Lancelin Volunteer Marine Rescue (2016)

    Department of Transport Award for Excellence in Marine Safety
    Port Hedland Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue Group (2018)
    Cockburn Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue Group (2017)
    Walpole Volunteer Marine Rescue Group (2016)
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