Employers celebrated for their support of WA’s emergency services

  • Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards 2019 celebrates employers of emergency services volunteers from across the State
  • Awards recognise employers paying staff for volunteer training, and donations of materials, skills and funds
  • Almost 80 businesses, organisations and self-employed volunteers recognised at awards
  • Employers who play a vital role in keeping the community safe by supporting the State’s emergency services have been recognised today at the 2019 Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards.

    The awards, in their 11th year, celebrate the invaluable contribution employers make by supporting emergency services volunteers to respond to incidents day and night.

    This year 79 employers and self-employed volunteers from across WA received awards that reflected their sacrifices and donations: 38 in the gold category, 29 in silver and 12 in bronze.

    Kanny’s Earthmoving of Manijmup received a gold VERA for allowing an employee to use their work vehicle to attend incidents, providing workplace equipment and tools for brigade vehicle maintenance and continuing to pay the employee while he attended training.

    Canning Vale’s Camco Engineering also received a gold VERA for supporting its emergency services volunteers for more than a decade, donating materials for a station renovation and undertaking equipment refurbishments for the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.

    The Department of Justice was also recognised for helping a prison officer to attend interstate emergencies as well as supporting local emergency services.

    The award recipients employ volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Marine Rescue WA and the State Wide Operational Response Division.

    For more information about VERA, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/newsandmedia/awards  

    As stated by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:

    “The Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards are an important way for us to acknowledge those businesses and organisations who provide the support our emergency services volunteers need to help keep their communities safe.

    “It cannot be an easy task to have an employee away from work, but these employers recognise how important volunteering is to community safety and that disasters can strike at any time.

    “On behalf of the McGowan Government and the Western Australian community, I would like to thank all of the award recipients for the support they give to volunteers and their individual service with donations to brigades or providing free labour and materials.

    “A big thank you also to those self-employed volunteers who close their doors at a moment’s notice to help others as well as donating equipment and resources.

    “I am also pleased to see that my other portfolio of Corrective Services has been recognised in the awards for the support they have given prison officers from Wooroloo and Casuarina.

    “These officers not only serve the community by maintaining prison security and mentoring prisoners, but they also extend that service by volunteering in our emergency services.

    “The contributions made by WA employers who support volunteers help keep our communities safe, and their commitment is a great example to others.”

    Award recipient Location Category
    Office National Broome Broome Silver
    Town of Port Hedland Port Hedland Gold
    Tan Ninety Port Hedland Silver
    BHP – HV and Power Newman Silver
    Department of Education – Pannawonica Primary School Pannawonica Silver
    Transfield Worley Power Services Exmouth Silver
    Midwest Gascoyne
    Barnes Hydraulic Services Badgingarra Gold
    Gary’s Refrigeration and Services Carnarvon Gold
    Ngangganawili Aboriginal Health Service Wiluna Gold
    Goldfields Midlands
    Avon Community Services Northam Gold
    Department of Education – Dalwallinu District High School Dalwallinu Gold
    Merredin Glazing Service Merredin Gold
    WA Country Health Service – Wheatbelt region Northam Gold
    JW Cleeland Plumbing and Gas Kambalda Silver
    Pizza Cantina Kalgoorlie Silver
    McIntosh and Son Wongan Hills Silver
    McMahon Burnett Transport Kalgoorlie Silver
    Shire of Northam Northam Silver
    Perth metropolitan
    Australian Taxation Office Northbridge Gold
    SEQTA Software Joondalup Gold
    WA HVAC Pty Ltd O’Connor Gold
    Department of Justice – Wooroloo Prison Farm Wooroloo Gold
    Qantas Line Maintenance Perth Belmont Gold
    Department of Justice – Casuarina Prison Casuarina Gold
    Camco Engineering Canning Vale Gold
    Central Park Tower Perth Gold
    City of Gosnells Gosnells Gold
    Hydrobiology West Leederville Gold
    Perth Plumbing and Drainage Koongamia Gold
    Pumps United Bellevue Gold
    Alzheimer’s WA Osborne Park Gold
    St John of God Health Care Osborne Park Silver
    CH Robinson Perth International Airport Silver
    Metropolitan Lock Service Beeliar Silver
    Motorola Solutions Australia Burswood Silver
    Aurecon Australasia Perth Silver
    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development – Office of the Deputy Director General Perth Silver
    Insurance Australia Group West Perth Silver
    Banyandah Building Management Rivervale Silver
    Jacobs Perth Silver
    New Metal Surfaces Kewdale Bronze
    TechBrain West Perth Bronze
    Therapy Focus Bentley Bronze
    Alcoa of Australia – Huntly Bauxite Mine North Dandalup Bronze
    Bluechip Group Welshpool Bronze
    Ecolab Kwinana Beach Bronze
    Temasek Holdings City Beach Bronze
    Village Energy Northbridge Bronze
    Walker Newman and Associates Burswood Bronze
    Washtec Australia Pty Ltd Maddington Bronze
    Bayside Plumbing and Gas Dunsborough Gold
    Ecosystem Solutions Dunsborough Gold
    Executive Electrical Dunsborough Gold
    Margaret River Podiatry Margaret River Gold
    PE & KL Bresland Dunsborough Gold
    Donnybrook Farm Service Donnybrook Gold
    Kanny’s Earthmoving Manjimup Gold
    Marla Securities Wilyabrup Gold
    Nauti-Craft Dunsborough Gold
    City of Bunbury Bunbury Gold
    Newmont Goldcorp Boddington Gold
    Simcoa Operations Pty Ltd Australind Gold
    Humidity Lifestyle Yallingup Silver
    Margaret River Roofing Margaret River Silver
    Mark Roche Farm Services Pemberton Silver
    PJ Local Produce Pty Ltd Pemberton Silver
    Baptistcare Moonya Manjimup Silver
    Margaret River Vintners Margaret River Silver
    Solahart South West Bunbury Silver
    Construction Sciences Bunbury Silver
    Busselton Vet Hospital Busselton Bronze
    Geographe Civil Bunbury Bronze
    Great Southern
    Great Southern Building Inspections Denmark Gold
    Windy Vines and Grazing Denmark Gold
    CBH Esperance Esperance Gold
    Landmark Operations Albany Gold
    Shire of Denmark Denmark Gold
    Best Electrical and Gas Albany Silver
    Department of Education – Esperance Education Support Centre Esperance Silver

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