SES ac­knowl­edges vol­un­teers’ hard work

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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.

Pic­ture: Man­durah SES

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.

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