DFES hon­ours em­ployer sup­port

Midwest Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam Poulsen

Four busi­nesses from the Mid­west­Gas­coyne re­gion have re­ceived awards for their ef­forts to ac­com­mo­date em­ploy­ees who vol­un­teer with emer­gency ser­vices in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Vol­un­teer Em­ployer Recog­ni­tion Awards recog­nise busi­nesses that pro­vide flex­i­ble work ar­range­ments, al­low­ing staff to re­spond to emer­gen­cies dur­ing work hours.

Kal­barri-based Gantheaume Bay Elec­tri­cal re­ceived a gold award for pay­ing two em­ploy­ees who vol­un­teer with the Kal­barri Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and the Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Ser­vice to at­tend emer­gency in­ci­dents and train­ing events dur­ing work hours.

Gantheaume Bay Elec­tri­cal di­rec­tor Rick Clarke said he was thank­ful to re­ceive the award.

“It’s great to be recog­nised and I ap­pre­ci­ate it, but it’s not the rea­son I do it,” he said.

Mr Clarke said the sup­port of em­ploy­ers was vi­tal to keep vol­un­teer ser­vices run­ning in re­gional towns.

“It’s very im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in a small town like Kal­barri where we don’t have a lot of full-time ser­vices.

“Most of the emer­gency ser­vices are made up of vol­un­teers, and if em­ploy­ers didn’t sup­port them, the ser­vices wouldn’t hap­pen.”

The Ngang­ganaw­ili Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ser­vice re­ceived a silver award for its ef­forts to ac­com­mo­date and sup­port seven em­ploy­ees who vol­un­teer with the Wiluna Town Bush­fire Brigade.

Wade Blof­fwitchis the Cap­tain of the Wiluna Town Bush­fire Brigade, as well as the emer­gency ca­pac­ity man­ager at Ngang­ganaw­ili Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ser­vice.

Mr Blof­fwitch said as well as al­low­ing staff to at­tend emer­gency in­ci­dents dur­ing work hours, the com­pany also do­nated the use of a train­ing room and equip­ment for train­ing events.

“They are a re­ally good em­ployer and it stems from the fact that they’re an emer­gency ser­vice in the town as well,” he said.

“They op­er­ate the pub­lic ac­tion and emer­gency ser­vice and the lo­cal am­bu­lance, so they un­der­stand the value of emer­gency ser­vices.”

Carnar­von Seachange Apart­ments and Lead­ing Edge Com­put­ers Don­gara also re­ceived silver awards at the award cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 3.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran­cis Lo­gan pre­sents an award to Wade Blof­fwitch and Ngang­ganaw­ili Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Richard Whit­ting­ton. Pic­ture: Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice

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