Life­savers thanked

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: City of Man­durah

Fal­con Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice vol­un­teer Dave Muh­leisen.

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