Mandurah SES takes out top gongs at State Awards

Mary-Therese Shanks won the Youth Achievement Award for outstanding work.
Mary-Therese Shanks won the Youth Achievement Award for outstanding work.

MANDURAH State Emergency Service had finalists in all categories at the State Awards at the Novotel Hotel, Perth.

Mary-Therese Shanks won the Youth Achievement for outstanding work scribing for incident controllers during last year’s fires in Waroona and Lake Clifton.

She was commended for her leadership in the Emergency Service Cadet Program and her dedication to duty during this year’s storm season.

Deputy manager Phil Bresser was runner-up in the Peter Keillor Award for volunteer of the year.

He was commended for work beyond normal expectations, promoting and delivering training to SES volunteers and being on call to emergencies throughout the year.

Bresser worked tirelessly on the executive team at the Mandurah SES and has displayed outstanding leadership.

The Mandurah rescue team was runner-up in the Team Achievement Award and highly commended for their skill and dedication during last year’s fires and this year’s storm season.

It is the first time an SES unit has been nominated as a finalist in all award categories.

Unit Manager Chris Stickland said he was proud of the volunteers who continually strived to improve themselves and their teammates.

“This year represents 40 years of service to the community and we are very lucky to have such dedicated group of highly trained and capable volunteers ready to respond to emergencies and protect the community,’’ he said.

The 83-volunteer strong unit continues to be one of the biggest, best-equipped and trained SES units in WA.