Victoria Honours Efforts Of SES Volunteers

Victoria Honours Efforts Of SES Volunteers

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan

Bravery Of VICSES Volunteers Honoured

Victor P Taffa

The courage and commitment of Victoria’s SES volunteers were today recognised at the 22nd Annual VICSES State Awards in Melbourne.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan said outstanding contributions made by individual VICSES volunteers and groups across Victoria were acknowledged.

“In the past two years Victoria’s SES volunteers have endured some of the most severe disasters in living memory.” Mr. Ryan said.



“From the Black Saturday bushfires to the recent extreme flood events, Victorian SES volunteers have distinguished themselves with tireless work protecting life and property in towns and communities across the state.”

Mr. Ryan said the prestigious awards recognised displays of heroism, extraordinary commitment, outstanding performance and length of service to the VICSES.

“This year the awards are especially poignant, with a number of recipients recognised for bravery shown during the Black Saturday bushfires.

“Volunteers acknowledged for their tremendous efforts include those from the Kinglake, Marysville, Alexandra and Healesville SES units.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said VICSES had been serving the state of Victoria since 1975 and had over 5,500 volunteers spread over 143 volunteer units.

“Each SES volunteer makes an outstanding contribution by selflessly sacrificing their time to help others during times of emergency.” Mr. Ryan said.

“Today we have seen countless examples of individuals and groups who have put the welfare of others above their own, even when faced with tremendous adversity and personal loss.”

“Volunteers who have received these awards represent the best of the best and I salute them for their service to our community.” Mr. Ryan said.