Employers from across the State have been recognised for the integral role they played in supporting emergency services volunteers during the past year.
About 70 were last night acknowledged at the FESA Volunteer Employer Recognition Program (VERP) awards.
Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said last night’s ceremony celebrated employers’ commitment to releasing staff during work hours to enable them to volunteer in an emergency.
“These volunteers risk their lives on a daily basis to provide the emergency service we all rely on,” Mr Johnson said.
“The spate of bushfires, floods, storms and cyclones we’ve seen in the last year has placed significant demands on our volunteers and their employers have stood behind them.
“Without employers allowing their staff to attend both training and emergency situations in working hours, we would not have such a successful and dedicated volunteer service.”
More than half of the 69 award recipients were from regional Western Australia.
Participating businesses were also commended for providing financial assistance through monetary donations and the use of facilities, furniture or equipment.
A number of award winners, including Chris Johns from the Albany Turf Farm and Chris Hynes from Hynes Contracting in Waterloo, are self employed volunteers.
Four recipients were nominated for the second time since 2009, and qualified this year for a gold award in recognition of their ongoing support to emergency services volunteering.
These employers were Kimberley Waste Services in Kununurra, the Shire of Broome, Thales Australia Limited in Nedlands and the Rottnest Island Authority.
There are more than 32,000 emergency services volunteers across WA, who support the Bush Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Services, Volunteer Emergency Services, Volunteer Fire Services and Emergency Services Cadet Corps.
Minister's office - 9222 9211
VOLUNTEER EMPLOYER RECOGNITION PROGRAM
2011 Gold Award Winners
Albany Turf Farm
Barrick Australia Pacific Granny Smith Mine - Laverton
BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd Boddington Bauxite Mine - Boddington
BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd Worsley Refinery - Collie
Bureau of Meteorology - Halls Creek
City of Vincent - Leederville
Dataline Visual Link Pty Ltd - Malaga
Downtime Diving - Albany
Hynes Contracting - Waterloo
Kimberley Waste Services Waste Collections and Disposals - Kununurra
Kojonup Co-operative Limited - Kojonup
Les Cooke Instrument Co Pty Ltd - Welshpool
Main Roads WA - Gascoyne Region
Mundaring Physiotherapy Clinic - Mundaring
Quintos Tyres - Ballidu
Rio Tinto Iron Ore Dampier Asset Management
Rio Tinto Iron Ore Dampier Rail Operations
Rio Tinto Iron Ore - Dampier Coastal Operations Reliability Assurance
Rio Tinto Lake Macleod Operations - Dampier
Rio Tinto Robe Valley Operations - Pannawonica
Rio Tinto Iron Ore - Tom Price
Rottnest Island Authority Tours and Transport
Shire of Broome
Shire of Denmark
Shire of Williams
T & C Supplies - Albany
Thales Australia Limited National Security and C41 - Nedlands
Tom Price Senior High School
WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
WA Police Enforcement Group - Midland
2011 Silver Award Winners
AH and PL Elliot and Son - Gingin
Boeing Defence Australia - Geraldton
Bunnings Warehouse - Balcatta
Bunnings Warehouse - Cockburn
Burswood Entertainment Complex
Coates Hire - Collie
Denmark Smash Repairs
Department of Corrective Services Casuarina Prison - Casuarina
Geraldton AG Services
Goldline Distributors - Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Greenline - Witchcliffe
Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group - Burswood
Lincfel Trading - Kununurra
Master Builders Association - Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Monkey Mia Yacht Charters
MS Boothey - Hopetoun
NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty Ltd - Karratha
Murray Districts Smash Repairs - Pinjarra
Rangelands NRM WA - Kimberley
Serco Australia Pty Ltd Acacia Prison - Wooroloo
Shire of Kalamunda
Spotless Pty Ltd - Karratha
Summit Homes Group - Myaree
Taylors Wines Pty Ltd - Perth
WA Country Health Service - Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Water Corporation - Karratha
Williams Meats - Forrestfield
Woodside Energy Ltd - Perth
2011 Bronze Award Winners
Broome Senior High School
Department of Transport Driver & Vehicle Services - Ballajura
John Brouwer Carpentry - Hopetoun
PB Australia - Perth
Resolve Financial Solutions - Balcatta
Synergy - Perth
Thales Australia Limited - Rockingham
Trufab Farm Machinery - Cunderdin
WA Country Health Service - Derby
WA Police South West District Office - Bunbury