Nominate top emergency volunteers

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Nominations for the annual Fire and Emergency Services Awards are now open.
Camera IconNominations for the annual Fire and Emergency Services Awards are now open. Credit: DFES

The annual Fire and Emergency Services Awards are calling for nominations from community members for their personal emergency services heroes.

Honouring the outstanding achievements of volunteers and career firefighters who respond around the clock to fires, floods, cyclones and more, these awards recognise the ordinary West Australians who make extraordinary contributions.

Fire and Emergency Services Supt Peter Norman said the awards presented an opportunity for the public to recognise and thank these hardworking leaders and role models.

“The community relies heavily on these volunteers whenever they call 000 to respond and look after them and keep them safe, so it is extremely important for us to recognise the heroes out there with an award like this.

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“This thanks them from the community with the help that they provide to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Giving up their weekends and family time and often being under immense pressure, Supt Norman said these volunteers displayed a high level of integrity that should be commended.

“Smaller communities often lack the number of people to help and respond which means there are a large amount of volunteers wearing multiple hats doing everything from St John’s to fire to SES volunteers.

“It is important they get recognised for going above and beyond to keep the community safe.”

Supt Norman said when nominating a volunteer the public should reflect back to a time when they or someone they know had been adversely affected by weather, fire or an emergency situation, and how emergency services workers helped to complete the task at hand.

Nominations for the Firefighting, State Emergency Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue Services Awards close 4pm Monday, May 13.

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