SES acknowledges volunteers’ hard work
Mandurah Volunteer State Emergency Service honoured its dedicated team of volunteers, sponsors and supporters at its annual awards presentation last Wednesday.
An enthusiastic crowd gathered at John Tonkin College’s Performing Arts Centre as the unit celebrated its 40th anniversary, with several volunteers recognised with awards. Deputy manager Phil Bresser was Mandurah SES volunteer of the year, while Amy Calista took out cadet of the year.
According to Mandurah SES unit manager Chris Strickland, Mr Bresser’s devotion to duty as a leader, as well as many hours of volunteer service as an instructor, mentor and IT support manager, made him a stand-out selection this year. Meanwhile, Ms Calista was chosen from 63 cadets, with her leadership skills, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to duty described as second-to-none.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services district officer Will Blackshaw presented long-service medals and the best section,
awarded to the rescue team, led by section leader John Sharratt, for the fourth year running.
Other award winners include Matthew Marshall, who took out the David Templeman Shield, Jordan Bresser (Allen Fazey Youth Award Shield), Robert Gray (Neil Davidson Shield) and Robyn Ballantyne (Gwen Haywood Shield).
Since starting 40 years ago, Mandurah SES has grown into one of the largest units in WA, with more than 3000 students graduating from the cadet program since 1986.
In 2017, Mandurah SES has completed more than 4000 hours of volunteer operations, including emergency call-outs for storm operations, car accidents, fire support, police support and searches for missing people.
The unit has also completed more than 5000 hours of training and 7000 hours of community service.
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams, cadet of the year Amy Calista, volunteer of the year Phil Bresser and DFES operational readiness acting Chief Superintendent Paul Carr cut the 40th anniversary cake.