DFES com­mends or­gan­i­sa­tions

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Pil­bara or­gan­i­sa­tions were among a record num­ber of WA busi­nesses to be recog­nised for their sup­port to­wards emer­gency ser­vices at a re­cent awards cer­e­mony.

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Vol­un­teer Em­ployer Recog­ni­tion Awards ac­knowl­edge the vi­tal role of busi­nesses that en­able staff to re­spond to emer­gen­cies dur­ing work hours.

Pirtek Port Hed­land, City of Kar­ratha, Shire of Ash­bur­ton, Shire of Ex­mouth, Tom Price Senior High School, Onslow Po­lice Sta­tion and YARA Pil­bara were in­cluded in the list of 91 or­gan­i­sa­tions that re­ceived awards.

This year there has been a 35 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions ac­knowl­edged.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran­cis Lo­gan said em­ploy­ers who pro­vided their em­ploy­ees with time off to at­tend emer­gen­cies were greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

“There are more than 27,000 emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers across the State and many of them couldn’t vol­un­teer with­out the sup­port of their em­ploy­ers,” he said.

He said the or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vided in­valu­able sup­port and proved WA busi­nesses were do­ing more than ever to sup­port emer­gency re­sponses across the State.

“With­out their sup­port, our State’s vol­un­teer emer­gency ser­vices would strug­gle to op­er­ate,” he said.

Mr Lo­gan said he was par­tic­u­larly grate­ful to the self-em­ployed vol­un­teers who con­tin­u­ously sac­ri­fice their day-to-day busi­ness needs to keep the com­mu­nity safe.

Picture: Justin Ben­son-Cooper

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices train­ing in a range of emer­gency sit­u­a­tion sce­nar­ios ear­lier this year.

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