Five emergency services volunteer and career personnel from Western Australia have been recognised for their exceptional efforts with awards in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List today.
The five Western Australians have shown outstanding commitment, innovation and dedication to creating safer communities through their emergency services roles.
Mr James Palmiro Armanasco received the Australian Fire Service Medal for his 35 years with the Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and for the development of digital databases to help volunteers navigate health and safety processes and monitor local hydrants.
Mr Warren John Day from Busselton VFRS received the AFSM for 36 years serving as a firefighter and respected mentor, and leading the inauguration of an International Firefighters Day Memorial Service in his local community.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services Superintendent Peter Crosby Sutton was awarded the AFSM for his role in the development of firefighter advancement programs, the adoption of new features in firefighting appliances, and the strengthening of community emergency information.
State Emergency Services volunteer Mr David Jason Price was awarded an Emergency Services Medal for his widely respected leadership and unwavering commitment to developing training for SES volunteers.
Marine Rescue Mandurah Commander and retired DFES employee Mr Danny Goodlad received the ESM for his dedication to Marine Rescue, which included the development a State-wide skills training package for Marine Rescue volunteers.
The full citations for each recipient can be found on the Governor-General’s website.
As stated by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“On behalf of the Western Australian community I would like to congratulate the Australian Fire Services Medal and Emergency Services Medal recipients.
“Recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours holds significant esteem, and I thank these men for their years of dedicated service to the Western Australian community.
“Their selfless actions and ongoing contributions to improving how we prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies have made a significant contribution to community safety.
“Over the past six months destructive bushfires, cyclones, storms and floods have threatened communities across the State and Australia, and today’s award winners serve as a reminder of the vital contribution our emergency services personnel make to protecting us all.”