Best in an emergency services recognised

447236p - The Mandurah Volunteer State Emergency Service.
447236p - The Mandurah Volunteer State Emergency Service.

THE Mandurah Volunteer State Emergency Service paid tribute to many of its dedicated volunteers, sponsors and supporters at its annual awards presentation evening.

The awards ceremony was held at John Tonkin College’s performance arts theatre.

Deputy manager Phil Rance was the Mandurah SES volunteer of the year. Mr Rance’s many hours of volunteer service as an instructor and peer support officer, combined with his devotion to duty as a leader made him a standout selection this year, according to unit manager Chris Stickland.

Cadet of the year was Mary-Therese Shanks, whose leadership skills, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to duty was next to none.

Fire and Emergency Services district officer Nic Elrick presented the best section award to the Rescue Team led by Phil Bresser and Will Norris.

More than 2858 students have graduated from the Cadet program since its establishment in 1986. This year the St John Ambulance Cadets joined the Mandurah Emergency Service Cadet program and added even more strength and experience.

This year the Mandurah SES completed more than 1500 hours of volunteer operational hours, including 110 emergency callouts for storm operations, 12 car crashes into houses, 25 fire support, six police support and more than 4300 hours of training and 6300 community service hours.