The spotlight was on local volunteers as the City of Mandurah held its inaugural Emergency Services Recognition Event and Community Spirit Awards on Thursday.
Emergency services agencies and volunteers from Mandurah and the Peel region were thanked and recognised for their crucial work in the community.
City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone presented the Community Spirit Awards to one volunteer or team from each of the 11 agencies represented.
She congratulated the recipients and thanked the local volunteers for their service.
“We sincerely thank and appreciate our local volunteers for their passion in dedicating time and saving lives,” she said.
“Volunteers are absolutely vital for emergency service operations in our community and without them emergency responses would not run as smoothly as they do.
“On behalf of the City of Mandurah and the council, we are extremely grateful for the work our volunteers do in helping our community in times of need.”
The winners included the Mandurah and Falcon volunteer fire and rescue services, Red Cross, Mandurah SES, Port Bou- vard Surf Life Saving Club, St John Ambulance and Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue.
Mrs Vergone also encouraged people to get involved in volunteering as it was a great way to give back to the community.
Local emergency services volunteers make a valuable contribution in a range of areas, including bushfire services, land search and rescue services, firstaid, State emergency services, cadets, marine rescue services and surf lifesaving.
Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Peel Volunteer Resource Centre on 9581 1187.
Falcon Fire and Rescue Service volunteer Dave Muhleisen.