Navy fire­fight­ers gain recog­ni­tion

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

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