Navy firefighters gain recognition
Three HMAS Stirling naval personnel were recently recognised for their efforts in giving back to the Rockingham community.
Chief Petty Officers Calum Blake, Gavin Kemp and Jeff Calderbank were among the volunteers from local advisory and emergency groups recognised during a special celebration at Gary Holland Community Centre.
The Royal Australian Navy triumvirate contribute in their spare time as volunteer firefighters as part of the City of Rockingham brigades.
With a combined firefighting experience of more than 15 years, the trio have established a commitment to the community courtesy of the flexibility afforded by the navy.
“The uncertainty of when and what could happen always keeps you on edge,” CPO Calderbank said.
“Thanks to the navy’s commitment to community engagement activities, we are able to provide our commitment to (the Department of Fire and Emergency Services). 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.”
CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calderbank at the volunteer recognition ceremony.