Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Emergency Services; Innovation and ICT; Medical Research; Volunteering

    Achievements honoured at WA Fire and Emergency Services Awards

    12/09/2022 10:20 AM
    • Emergency services volunteers and staff recognised for outstanding contribution
    • Winners come from all corners of the State, from Broome to Bridgetown

    A State Emergency Service (SES) unit that travelled thousands of kilometres to provide critical support at major incidents was among a host of outstanding groups and individuals honoured at last night's Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services (WAFES) Awards.


    The winners were announced at the annual WAFES conference that celebrates the incredible contribution emergency services personnel make to Western Australia.


    Thirteen awards were presented across three categories - individual, team and youth - to recognise excellence in firefighting, Marine Rescue, SES and Department of Fire and Emergency Services staff.


    The State-Wide Operational Response Division SES Logistics unit received a Team Achievement Award for undertaking a gruelling 26-day deployment, travelling vast distances between Carnarvon and Denmark to offer logistical support at major emergencies.


    Marine Rescue Jurien Bay was honoured for their assistance in locating five people, including a child, who were stranded in waters near Jurien Bay in April 2021.


    Station Officer Tony Gaynor received the Career and Fire Rescue Individual Achievement Award after spending five weeks in Fiji offering logistical support to a community grappling with the impacts of COVID-19.


    Lieutenant Craig Doyle of Broome Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service was also recognised for his extraordinary efforts in attending 112 incidents in the 2021-22 financial year.


    And the late Colin Nicholson posthumously received the Peter Keillor Award for his work upskilling and empowering volunteers at Collie State Emergency Service Unit.


    Mr Nicholson was a member of the unit for 30 years until his death in November 2021 and his wife, Monika, was a recipient of the award in 2002.


    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:


    "Over the past year, our emergency services staff and personnel have once again faced incredible challenges, working night and day to protect communities right across our State.


    "These awards are a fitting opportunity to recognise those who have gone above and beyond, often putting their lives on the line to save others.


    "On behalf of the Western Australian community, I would like to congratulate our WAFES Awards winners.


    "I would also like to extend my gratitude to not only our award winners but the entire emergency services family for their amazing efforts in the past year."


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    Youth Awards


    Firefighting Youth Achievement Award

    Ayden Stenton, Glen Forrest Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade


    Marine Rescue Youth Achievement Award

    James Cotter, Marine Rescue Carnarvon


    State Emergency Service Youth Achievement Award

    Cassidy Kempster, Northshore State Emergency Service


    Individual Awards


    Career Fire and Rescue Service Individual Achievement Award

    Tony Gaynor, Station Officer, Rockingham Fire Station


    DFES Operational Staff Individual Achievement Award

    Peter Thomas, District Officer Fire Capes


    DFES Corporate Staff Individual Achievement Award

    Lurline Byles, Coordinator Digital Communications


    Marine Rescue Individual Achievement Award

    Emmie Burton, Marine Rescue Dampier


    Murray Lang Bush Fire Service Award

    Edwin Bland, Bridgetown Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade


    Peter Keillor Award

    Colin Nicholson (deceased), Collie State Emergency Service


    Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Individual Achievement Award

    Craig Doyle, Broome Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service


    Team Awards


    Firefighting Team Achievement Award

    Gelorup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade


    Marine Rescue Team Achievement Award

    Marine Rescue Jurien Bay


    State Emergency Service Team Achievement Award

    SWORD State Emergency Service Logistics