Rockingham: Firefighting sailors appreciate flexibility to pursue passions

CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calderbank at the annual City of Rockingham Volunteer recognition ceremony.
CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calderbank at the annual City of Rockingham Volunteer recognition ceremony.

THREE senior sailors from HMAS Stirling have been recognised for their efforts to help the community by the City of Rockingham.

Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Calum Blake and CPO Jeff Calderbank both twilight as volunteer firefighters in their spare time.

The trio bring a combined firefighting experience of 15 years between them, providing invaluable support to the City of Rockingham brigades of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

They said they enjoyed their roles as it kept them ‘in the action’ and appreciated the flexibility of the navy to allow them to pursue their passion.

“The uncertainty of when and what could happen always keeps you on edge,” said Mr Calderbank.

“Thanks to navy’s commitment to community engagement activities, we are able to provide our commitment to DFES.

“We constantly participate in training with DFES who heavily invest in their volunteers.

“In turn we can confidently advise DFES of our availability to assist in civil emergency situations should the need arise.

“It’s a satisfying way of truly integrating in the community; which is the home of our families.”

The sailors received worthy recognition for their efforts at the City of Rockingham’s Volunteer Recognition Ceremony during a special celebration at the Gary Holland Community Centre on September 12.

Further information, warnings and community safety information can be found on the DFES website.