An Esperance paramedic who has responded to thousands of ambulance call outs, from serve road trauma to fatal shark attacks, has receiving the 2017 West Australia Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.
Community paramedic Paul Gaughan received the prestigious honour, at the National Volunteer Week Gala Dinner and WA Volunteer of the Year Awards Presentation held in Perth, on Wednesday, May 10.
Mr Gaughan was acknowledged for his work in mentoring, training and managing 80 volunteer ambulance officers and support staff in the Esperance region during the last six years.
As well as assisting the local sub-centre development, Mr Gaughan has been instrumental in writing and implementing a training syllabus for paramedics and volunteers state-wide.
Mr Gaughan, a paramedic of 23 years, said he was surprised to receive the award.
He said while there were day-to-day challenges, he was fortunate to have a strong team to work with.
The award ceremony saw volunteers honoured in eight categories.