WA employers honoured for emergency services volunteer support

  • Four businesses highlighted for exceptional support of volunteers
  • Almost 70 businesses, organisations and self-employed volunteers recognised at 2020 Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards
  • Businesses continued to support volunteers during COVID pandemic  
  • Four Western Australian businesses have been singled out at this year’s Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) for their outstanding support of their employees in their emergency services volunteer roles.

    Kenwick industrial cloth supplier Clean Cloth Cotton Traders, naval specialist ASC, Tom Price Senior High School and machinery dealer WesTrac have been honoured with a Distinction for Outstanding Support after receiving their fourth VERA awards in the event’s 12-year history.

    They are among 68 small and large businesses, as well as self-employed volunteers, who received honours yesterday for enabling volunteers to attend emergency incidents and training that fall within work hours.

    During a year of challenging economic conditions, many employers granted paid and extended leave for volunteers to assist at emergencies and provided additional resources such as machinery, tools and funds to assist operations.

    Emergency services volunteers attended more than 12,500 incidents across the State in 2019-20, in addition to supporting Black Summer bushfire efforts on the east coast and COVID-19 operations.

    A network of 26,000 highly trained and highly skilled volunteers make up more than 95 per cent of the State’s emergency services personnel.

    VERA recipients support volunteers from the State Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Bush Fire Service, Marine Rescue WA and the State Wide Operations Responses Division.

    For more information about VERA, visit https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/newsandevents

    As stated by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:

    “These employers have led by example and continue to support those who keep our communities safe in the most difficult circumstances.

    “The Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards provide us with an important opportunity to thank employers for releasing employees to attend incidents and training, which may mean they need to close their business or reschedule jobs.

    “This is particularly challenging for volunteers who are self-employed, so their sacrifice to help their community can be two-fold.

    “Without support from their employers, our volunteers would struggle to attend emergency incidents and protect their communities.

    “On behalf of the State Government and communities throughout WA, I would like to thank the award winners for their valuable contribution and encourage other employers to consider offering similar supports for emergency services volunteers.”

    Award recipient Location
    Kimberley
    East Kimberley Job PathwaysKununurra
    Kimberley Mental Health and Drug ServiceKununurra
    Kununurra 4WD SparesKununurra
    Lake Argyle ResortLake Argyle
    North Regional TAFE – Kununurra campusKununurra
    Optic Security GroupBroome
    ReviveKununurra
    WA PoliceWyndham
    Pilbara
    Airservices AustraliaPort Hedland
    Chevron Australia Onslow
    City of KarrathaKarratha
    Rio Tinto – ParaburdooParaburdoo
    Rio Tinto – 7 Mile Rail OperationsDampier
    Shire of ExmouthExmouth
    Tom Price Senior High School *Tom Price
    Midwest Gascoyne
    Department of Justice – Greenough Regional PrisonGreenough
    Moora ToyotaMoora
    Simple Life ProjectsKalbarri
    Perth Metropolitan
    Aerodrome Management ServicesRedcliffe
    AquamonixLandsdale
    ASC * Henderson
    atWork AustraliaRockingham
    BlackwoodsCanning Vale
    BP Refinery KwinanaKwinana Beach
    City of CanningCannington
    City of PerthPerth
    City of SwanMidland
    Clean Cloth Cotton Traders *Kenwick
    Costall ContractorsMount Helena
    Danny Hellwig ElectricalKewdale
    Darling Range Sports CollegeForrestfield
    Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Information and Communications Technology Cockburn Central
    Department of Justice – Karnet Prison FarmSerpentine
    FieldCore Service SolutionsJandakot
    Handy RentalsJoondalup
    HatchetPerth
    Helena CollegeGlen Forrest
    Image ResourcesBoonanarring
    Komatsu AustraliaWelshpool
    Osinski FinanceBaldivis
    Patrick TerminalsNorth Fremantle
    People DiagnostixBentley
    Perth ITButler
    Royal Australian Navy – Engineering Systems Centre – StirlingPort Kennedy
    Silver Thomas Hanley ArchitectsSubiaco
    Summit HomesMyaree
    The West AustralianOsborne Park
    TrainwestCockburn Central
    Transdev WAO’Connor
    Tritan FumigationCanning Vale
    Value AirMalaga
    Village Energy Northbridge
    Warnbro Community High SchoolWarnbro
    WBHO InfrastructureHope Valley
    WesTrac *South Guildford
    Yokine HardwareYokine
    South West
    Bunnings MandurahGreenfields
    Bushfire Protection SolutionsBurekup
    CB Traffic SolutionsBunbury
    Department of Health – Bridgetown Hospital Bridgetown
    Hynes ContractingWaterloo
    Low Carbon Electrical SolutionsWitchcliffe
    NAPA Auto PartsBunbury
    South32 – Worsley AluminaCollie
    Great Southern
    CGS EngineersKojonup
    Fletcher International ExportsNarrikup
    Shire of EsperanceEsperance
    South Regional TAFE – EsperanceEsperance

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