Esperance State Emergency Service (SES)’s dedication and hard work has been rewarded after our local volunteers took out the 2017 Team Achievement Award for Western Australia.
The accolade was announced during the WA Emergency Services Awards at the weekend.
The annual awards recognise the most outstanding SES volunteers and thank them for their commitment to helping the community.
Esperance volunteers received the award for attending a number of emergency response incidents over the past year including: missing person searches, bush fires, assisting at the scene of a fatal shark attack and rescues along the state’s coastline.
Their tireless efforts during severe flooding in the region in February 2017 was particularly highlighted.
Esperance conducted risk assessments and high risk search and rescues for people missing in the floodwaters.
Their skills and knowledge enabled them to respond quickly in a courageous and dignified manner for the emergency response agencies and families involved.
The team were nominated by their counterparts at the Esperance Police Station.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Wayne Gregson presented the awards to the recipients and commended them on their contribution to Western Australia.
“SES volunteers provide much needed support through emergency incidents and these awards are an important part in thanking individuals and units for their selfless acts,” Mr Gregson said.
“The men and women recognised yesterday have proven themselves to be pillars of the Western Australian community and are very deserving of the recognition from their peers and DFES.
“It has been a busy year for the men and women in orange attending almost 470 incidents and committing almost 18,000 hours to land searches, rescues, fires and storm damage recovery in the past year.
“All of our SES volunteers are highly respected and admired individuals and I congratulate all of them on their services in keeping our state safe.”