Navy Sailors recog­nised

Kwinana Courier - - NEWS -

Sailors and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers recog­nised at City of Rock­ing­ham cer­e­mony.

THREE se­nior sailors from HMAS Stir­ling have been recog­nised for their ef­forts to help the com­mu­nity by the City of Rock­ing­ham.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer (CPO) Calum Blake and CPO Jeff Calder­bank both twi­light as vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

The trio bring a com­bined fire­fight­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of 15 years be­tween them, pro­vid­ing in­valu­able sup­port to the City of Rock­ing­ham bri­gades of the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices (DFES).

They said they en­joyed their roles as it kept them ‘in the ac­tion’ and ap­pre­ci­ated the flex­i­bil­ity of the Navy to al­low them to pur­sue their pas­sion.

“The un­cer­tainty of when and what could hap­pen al­ways keeps you on edge,” said Mr Calder­bank.

“Thanks to Navy’s com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, we are able to pro­vide our com­mit- ment to DFES.

“We con­stantly par­tic­i­pate in train­ing with DFES, who heav­ily in­vest in their vol­un­teers.

“In turn we can con­fi­dently ad­vise DFES of our avail­abil­ity to as­sist in civil emer­gency sit­u­a­tions should the need arise.

“It’s a sat­is­fy­ing way of truly in­te­grat­ing in the com­mu­nity, which is the home of our fam­i­lies.”

The sailors re­ceived wor­thy recog­ni­tion for their ef­forts at the City of Rock­ing­ham’s Vol­un­teer Recog­ni­tion Cer­e­mony dur­ing a special cel­e­bra­tion at the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Septem­ber 12.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, warn­ings and com­mu­nity safety in­for­ma­tion can be found on the DFES web­site www.dfes.wa.gov.au.

CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calder­bank at the an­nual City of Rock­ing­ham Vol­un­teer Recog­ni­tion Cer­e­mony.

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