Thursday, November 12, 2009

Logan SES volunteers receive top honours at South East Region awards

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( - The hard work and dedication of the South East Region’s State Emergency Service ( SES ) volunteers was recognised last night, as part of SES Week celebrations ( 7-15 November ).

Parliamentary Secretarty for Emergency Services and Member for Broadwater Peta-Kaye Croft presented some of the South East Region’s outstanding SES volunteers with awards at a regional ceremony held in Beenleigh.

Ms Croft said the region’s 24 SES groups and eight Emergency Services Cadet groups performed a vital function in the community.

“These men and women are truly local heroes, and during SES Week we have the opportunity to thank our volunteers in the SES for their extraordinary work,” she said.

“Whether there’s a natural disaster, bushfire threat or a major community event, the people of South East Queensland can count on our emergency services personnel to be there when they need them the most.

“With the South East Region encompassing more than 13,000sqm from Coolangatta to Kilcoy and from Esk to Rosewood, I know first-hand the important work the SES carries out in these communities every single day.”

Ms Croft said Logan City SES volunteers received top honours at the awards ceremony.

“Among the worthy people acknowledged for their SES service this week, I congratulate David Dennis of Logan City SES who has been named the Regional Member of the Year,” she said.

“Since joining Logan SES 20 years ago, David’s exceptional training and problem solving abilities have ensured the smooth operation of the Logan floodboats and specialist crews.

“The Logan City SES unit was also recognised with the Regional Operational Response of the Year award for their dedication, efficiency and effectiveness when responding to calls for assistance.

“When a low pressure system caused extensive damage and floods across south-east Queensland in May, the Logan City SES unit alone carried out more than 250 jobs. It was through their significant pre-planing, training and dedication to work as a team that they could actively respond to members of the local community.”

Ms Croft said Somerset Region SES, which consist of Esk, Kilcoy, Lowood and Toogolawah groups was also awarded Regional Unit of the Year.

“The groups within the Somerset Region SES unit have gone above and beyond to work together to provide reliable and effective assistance to residents and practical support to other emergency services agencies and community groups,” she said.

Emergency Management Queensland ( EMQ ) South Eastern Regional Director, Eddie Bennet said SES volunteers from across the region were presented with a number of national medals, long service clasps and meritorious service medals.

“National SES Week is a momentous occasion to reflect on the outstanding commitment of volunteers and acknowledge the long standing members who play a vital role in restoring the lives and homes of those affected by disaster,” Mr Bennet said.

“National SES Week is an opportunity to thank the people who work behind the scenes.

“In South Eastern Region we are fortunate to have more than 680 active SES members. In many cases their availiability would not be made possible without the ongoing support of their families and employers.”

Winners of the regional awards have been nominated for the SES Week state awards, which will be presented at a ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday 15 November.

Queensland SES Week is proudly supported by NRMA Insurance for the second year running, as the major sponsor of the Queensland State Emergency Service.

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