Com­man­der in run­ning for award

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

AN “un­tir­ing com­mit­ment” to­wards wa­ter safety in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties has earned the Windy Har­bour Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue com­man­der a fi­nal­ist nom­i­na­tion in this year’s Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices awards.

Com­man­der Nigel Kelly is one of three fi­nal­ists in the State for the Out­stand­ing In­di­vid­ual Con­tri­bu­tion award with the win­ner an­nounced at the awards night in Perth this week­end.

The award cri­te­ria in­cludes re­li­a­bil­ity, de­pend­abil­ity, team­work and lead­er­ship, all at­tributes a fi­nal­ist needs to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity.

Com­man­der Kelly has been in­volved in ma­rine safety for 30 years, start­ing off at Nat­u­ral­iste Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue and has been in his cur­rent po­si­tion at Windy Har­bour for 10 years.

“I was nom­i­nated by the com­mit­tee here at Windy Har­bour, I was ac­tu­ally away when I got the call I was a fi­nal­ist,” he said.

“I’m proud the group thinks enough of me to nominate me

for an award.” In his nom­i­na­tion, com­man­der Kelly was recog­nised for his ex­cel­lence and pro­fes­sion­al­ism shown in op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, his un­tir­ing com­mit­ment to the safety of the re­mote com­mu­nity, go­ing above and be­yond to en­sure the group was prop­erly re­sourced and the en­cour­age­ment he of­fered to fos­ter the group’s knowl­edge

and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Com­man­der Kelly said one of the high­lights he had ex­pe­ri­enced at Windy Har­bour Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue over the years was the con­struc­tion of the state-of-the-art head­quar­ters.

“To see such a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity in a re­mote place is in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

Windy Har­bour Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue com­man­der Nigel Kelly said it was an hon­our to be con­sid­ered for an award along­side other wor­thy fi­nal­ists.

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