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