Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan
SES Volunteers Congratulated For Exemplary Service
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan has congratulated Victoria State Emergency Services volunteers for their dedication and commitment to others in times of need, at the 24th Annual SES National Awards Ceremony.
The awards held in Melbourne today recognise the outstanding contribution of award recipients and the wider community of SES volunteers.
“Victoria’s SES volunteers are a remarkable group, with the skills and commitment to respond to emergencies including flood, storm and roadside emergencies.” Mr. Ryan said.
“It is this versatility that makes SES a unique and essential emergency service, and one that I am proud to represent. Last week, Australia celebrated National SES Week to give thanks to all SES volunteers across Australia. It is fitting to end this celebration of service with the National SES Awards.”
“In 2012, Victorian SES volunteers responded to more than 28,000 emergency calls, giving 146,000 hours, including 77,455 hours responding to storm damage and 25,994 to flooding. I congratulate all of the award recipients on their achievement in serving SES, their community and Victoria with distinction.” Mr. Ryan said.
Volunteers rallied from across the state to help out in the March 2012 north-east floods, and gave up celebrating Christmas with their families when the hailstorm struck Melbourne in 2011.
The awards presented are as follows:
National Medal (Federal Award) – for 15 years of service. The First, Second and Third Clasps are awarded for 25, 35 and 45 years of service respectively.
Commendation for Service – The Commendation for Service award recognises meritorious service. This award will be presented to an individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding performance or outstanding commitment directly related to an operational activity that the CEO of SES deems to be worthy of issuing such an award.
CEO Award – A certificate will be awarded to an individual or group that has displayed extraordinary service or commitment to SES or the community over and above that normally expected. This contribution may have occurred over a period of time or on a particular occasion.