Vol­un­teers’ achieve­ments recog­nised

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Sev­eral Pil­bara vol­un­teers and groups have been com­mended for their ef­forts over the past year at an­nual De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices award nights in Perth this month.

Port Wal­cott Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Ser­vice re­ceived an award for out­stand­ing achieve­ment for its 2015 co-or­di­na­tion and res­cue of 18-year-old Steven Say­lor who was found on De­lam­bre Is­land af­ter be­ing re­ported miss­ing at sea.

Port Wal­cott VMR spokesman An­drew Cow­ell said it was good to see some of the smaller groups get­ting recog­nised for their ef­forts.

“It’s good to note or­gan­i­sa­tions which are all vol­un­teer-staffed like ours,” he said.

“A spe­cial men­tion to Ian An­der­ton who was the co-or­di­na­tor on the day (of the res­cue), Jonathon Groth who is our com­man­der and Al­lan Brown who was the ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tor, he was on the ra­dio the whole time.

“In the morn­ing there were more than 100 people ready to put boats in the wa­ter but thank­fully we found him at first light.”

Onslow Vol­un­teer Emer­gency Ser­vices’ Jack Jones won the WA Vol­un­teer Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices award for his lead­er­ship dur­ing trop­i­cal cy­clone Stan in Jan­uary this year.

Mr Jones was also com­mended for his work in grow­ing the brigade.

Keith Squibb from the Hed­land State Emer­gency Ser­vice Unit won the Peter Keillor award for his long ser­vice and lead­er­ship dur­ing TC Stan.

Pic­ture: An­drew Cow­ell

An­drew Cow­ell, Mick McGarry, Paul Daven­port and Terry Doyle from the Port Wal­cott Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue Ser­vice.

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