Award-winning Roger to the rescue

WA Volunteer Marine Rescue vice- commander Roger Martin. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d408453
WA Volunteer Marine Rescue vice- commander Roger Martin. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d408453

The Mandurah Water Rescue Group member won the Department of Fire and Emergency Services award recognising Outstanding Personal Contribution by a volunteer.

Mr Martin’s contribution was celebrated at the Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VMRS) Awards.

‘I was surprised, proud and humbled,’ Mr Martin said.

‘My role is contributing to the development of marine rescue around the State and representing their interests. My main aim is to educate the boating public about marine safety.’

Mr Martin has been on the VMRS committee for seven years and is currently the vice-commander.

‘My interest in marine rescue started when I retired and wanted to give something back,’ he said.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said through Mr Martin’s dual roles, his altruism benefited not just the local community but each community in WA with a VMRS presence.

‘He is present on a number of committees charged with implementing changes in emergency services legislation and is a staunch advocate for VMRS issues,’ he said.

Mr Gregson said the award recipients had demonstrated the commitment, dedication and skills required to be a marine rescue volunteer.

Mandurah Water Rescue Group were also recognised at the awards.