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Volunteer Marine Services Awards

The Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VRMS) Awards honour the achievements of active marine rescue volunteers and groups for their outstanding efforts and exceptional dedication to duty whether responding incidents or undertaking community education and awareness programs.

Award recipients for 2018 were announced at a special WA Fire and Emergency Services Awards Ceremony on Friday 7 September.

The recipients of the 2018 VMRS Awards are:

DFES Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution

  • Jeff Howe ESM – Volunteer Marine Rescue WA

VMRWA Award for Outstanding Group Operations

  • Fremantle Volunteer Sea Rescue Group

Department of Transport Award for Excellence in Marine Safety

  • Port Hedland Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue Group

VMRWA Commanders Award

  • Volunteer Marine Rescue training Group
For more information on the 2018 award winners see the VMRS Awards media release.


Previous Award Recipients

DFES Award for Youth Achievement or Contribution to Youth Development (cadets and volunteers 13-25 years)
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
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
Coral Bay Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue (2017)
Port Walcott Sea Search and Rescue (2016)
Albany Sea Rescue Squad (2015) ​​​​​


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