Search and rescue reaps accolades

Churchill Fellowship Award recipient Sergeant Michael Wear. d423356
Churchill Fellowship Award recipient Sergeant Michael Wear. d423356

Michael Wear is a sergeant and marine search and rescue co-ordinator with WA Police at its North Fremantle water police base.

As the leading field expert in WA, Sgt Wear will travel to the US and Singapore to study marine search and rescue co-ordination and technology used in search planning.

He will attend the United States Coast Guard (USCG) training centre in Virginia, the world leaders in research and development for Marine SAR information and co-ordination, and complete a course at the International Maritime Officers School.

He will visit Singapore which, along with the USCG, uses computer systems similar to those used for search and rescue in Australia.

Also among the fellowship winners was University of Notre Dame’s Susan Benson, who will travel to the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and US to further her knowledge of diagnosing, preventing and managing infections and the issue of antibiotics resistance.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, formed after the death of Sir Winston Churchill in accordance with his wishes, has funded over 3900 Fellowships for Australians.