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Emergency services volunteers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and each possess different skills, but they are all united by one shared purpose: to keep their community safe.

Cassidy Hodgson

Cassidy Hodgson

Bunbury Cadets

Being a Cadet in the Bushfire Brigade really makes me feel like part of the community. My family are really proud of what I’ve achieved as a Cadet. I would definitely encourage others to give it go!

Charli Campbell-Warr

Charli Campbell-Warr

Dwellingup Cadets

I like helping people and being able to make a positive impact in our community. I have gained experience and qualities that will make me a great leader one day and the Cadets have helped me gain a lot of confidence in myself.

Lauren Green

Lauren Green

Waggrakine Cadets

Helping Dad fight fires on the farm made me want to join Waggrakine Bushfire Brigade so I could learn more firefighting skills. I've learned a lot, made new friends, had experiences many other kids may never have. One day soon I'll be a volunteer firefighter too.

Bodie Worsley

Bodie Worsley

Bullsbrook Cadets

I joined because I want to give back to the community. I enjoy learning the skills to become a good firefighter and to be able to help my family and those around me if needed.

Emergency Services Volunteer Award Winners

Across the State, more than 2,000 Cadets and Juniors are leading the next generation of emergency services volunteers, with the help of almost 300 instructors and unit leaders.

Callum O'Connell

Callum O'Connell

Tom Price Emergency Services

  • Cadet Corp

Callum O’Connell from Tom Price Emergency Services Cadet Corp was recognised last year for his outstanding work in promoting fire safety messages to local primary school children.

He also created a new road safety initiative along Tom Price-Paraburdoo Road after a spate of fatalities and serious crashes along the deadly stretch of road.

Broome Sea Rescue Cadets

The next generation of Sea Rescue volunteers has taken to the water in Broome! Meet the enthusiastic Cadets championing youth involvement in their local volunteer Sea Rescue Group.

Rob Barnett

Rob Barnett

Wallcliffe BFB

I have gotten far more out of the Brigade than I have put in. The support from Brigade members when you join is unbelievable and you are surrounded by role models from day one. I recommend the Brigade to anyone who wants to fight their own fires and not rely on others. I wish I had joined thirty years earlier.

Scott Rowe

Scott Rowe

Argyle- Irishtown BFB

When you first start, you don't understand the depth of volunteering. The camaraderie, the friendships, the feeling that you’re making a difference – that's what keeps you coming back.

Terri Kowal

Terri Kowal

Bunbury BFB

To me volunteering is about giving more than what I get out of it.  Having said that, I love watching people grow.  Whether it's our Cadets growing, learning, building their own self-belief and confidence or one of our active members.

Mel Costall

Mel Costall

Mt Helena BFB

It's a great challenge that anyone can take on. It's much better to get involved than sitting back and watching. Our community is at high risk of bushfire, it's a great way to give back and contribute to the community.

Emergency Services Volunteer Award Winners

19,500 dedicated volunteers across 566 Bush Fire Brigades protect our communities when bushfires threaten lives and homes. With over 90% of our State bushfire prone, we rely on the community playing their part in being prepared for the reality of bushfires.

Tom Price BFB/VFRS

Tom Price BFB/VFRS

Team Achievement Award Winners 2018

In the town of Tom Price, members of the BFB and VFRS have been united by their desire to protect their community. The brigades, each with different skill sets, work side by side and where required share resources, both familiarised in each other's appliances and stations.

During October 2017 when fire threatened the Tom Price townsite, the brigades worked closely together to support each other and defend the town and its residents.

Learn More About BFB Roles

Blake Halford

Gibson BFB Captain
2016 Murray Lang Award Winner

Gibson Bush Fire Brigade Captain Blake Halford was recognised for his outstanding efforts during the 2015-16 bushfire season, where he spent over 200 hours on the fireground, including at the Esperance bushfire where he assisted evacuating people from rural properties as the firefront bore down.

Nathan Ireland

Nathan Ireland

Onslow VFES

I joined the local volunteer brigade as a means of involving myself within the community. Little did I know I was joining a family and made friends for life.

Sean Cunningham

Sean Cunningham

Fitzroy Crossing VFES

Volunteering is an experience that you'll never forget. It’s one of the best feelings knowing that you've helped someone in need.

Christine O'Brien

Christie O'Brien

Bullsbrook VFES

I volunteer because I wanted to be of service to the community while doing something I enjoy. I've learned new skills, gained confidence in myself and made new friends.

Sandra Lynbery

Sandra Lymbery

Coral Bay VFES

In a small town like ours volunteering is important, so we join because we're needed. We all feel like an important part of the community and are very proud.

Emergency Services Volunteer Award Winners

Over 1000 VFES volunteers play a vital role in protecting communities across WA. Fire and Emergency Services volunteers respond to a broad range of incidents, including structure fires, HAZMAT emergencies, bushfires and more.

Chris Unstead

Chris Unstead

Bullsbrook VFES

Chris’ adaptability in all situations and hazards has helped him gain the respect of his fellow brigade members and VFES community.

An experienced firefighter, his excellent incident management and planning skills have helped his brigade ensure their local community has been spared from any significant impacts from bushfire in recent years.

Learn More About VFES Roles

Richard Oman

Award Winner

Richard became a volunteer with Fitzroy Crossing VFES after losing his house and belongings to a fire. 5 years later, his passion for volunteering and dedication to the community was recognised when he won the 2017 Volunteer Fire & Emergency Services (VFES) Award.

Janet Ward

Janet Ward

Roleystone VFRS

Volunteering has by far been one of the best things that I have ever done. The friendships, the community spirit, the challenge, the training and so much more that I can’t even begin to describe.

Ross Patience

Ross Patience

Broome VFRS

Volunteering helped me discover my passion for firefighting, which I have since made my career. I have continued to volunteer with Broome Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service as I enjoy being part of the team and helping my community when in need.

TK Kippen

TK Kippen

Coolgardie VFRS

Helping the local community is so rewarding, especially when you're in a smaller regional town. I like to think I made a positive impact on their day even if the outcome wasn’t the best.

Mark Hutchings

Mark Hutchings

Kwinana VFRS

I was drawn to volunteering as a way of giving back to the community, as well as a way to make friends since I didn’t grow up in Australia. I couldn't think of a better way to make a difference to someone else's life!

Emergency Services Volunteer Award Winners

There are over 2,300 Fire and Rescue Services volunteers across almost 100 brigades in WA. As well as structure fires and bushfires, VFRS volunteers also respond to HAZMAT incidents and perform Road Crash Rescues.

Gyula Bogar

Gyula Bogar

  • VFRS Unit
    Boyup Brook
  • Length of service
    45 years

Gyula Bogar has committed over 45 years putting the brigade, its members and his community’s safety first!

Gyula has strived to ensure he has a happy and engaged volunteer crew available 24/7 and the town are proud to have a volunteer firefighting brigade operating at such a professional level.

Learn More About VFRS Roles

Nikki Woods

Gingin VFRS
WA VFRS Award Finalist 2017

From Secretary to Captain in just 3 years, Nikki Woods passion and dedication to the community of Gingin is well known.

Nikki has spent the past few years reinvigorating the Gingin Volunteer Fire and Rescue brigade, increasing membership and boosting the brigade’s reputation with the local community.

Josh Gammon-Carson

Josh Gamma Carson

Fremantle Volunteer Marine Rescue Service

Joining Volunteer Marine Rescue has given me a huge amount of new skills and opportunities, countless rewarding experiences and friends for life!

Being able to give back to a community that I'm already passionate about is an incredibly rewarding feeling. It's fantastic to help create a safer marine environment for current and future marine users in WA.

Thea McDonald-Lee

Thea McDonald-Lee

Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue

I started volunteering at Naturaliste Volunteer Marine Rescue to learn more about chart work, navigation and how to handle a vessel in tricky conditions. The camaraderie of working with a dedicated team to keep people safe at sea has been incredible.

Samantha Courtney

Samantha Courtney

Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Service

There is a volunteering role for everyone which can really help the community. It's a nice feeling being able to put your skills to good use and very reassuring knowing there are dedicated volunteers who are looking out for our safety.

Christine Heu

Christine Heu

Jurien Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Service

Being a volunteer Marine Rescue Commander is like having an extended family. Everyone knows each other and we grow together to accomplish what we do.

Emergency Services Volunteer Award Winners

In the past 12 months, Volunteer Marine Rescue groups have dedicated more than 105,000 hours of their time, saving the lives of Western Australians across our beautiful but dangerous 13,000km coastline.

Port Hedland Marine Rescue Service

Port Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue Service

Department of Transport Award for Excellence in Marine Safety

Port Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue Group have worked hard to empower their community to prepare for and respond to emergencies at sea.

In partnership with the Department of Transport, the group has proactively delivered community events including flare demonstrations and promoted key safety messages on social media.

Learn More About Marine Rescue Roles

Ryan Hardwicke

West Pilbara Volunteer Marine Rescue Service

Ryan was just 15 years old when he joined West Pilbara Volunteer Marine Rescue Service. In 2017 he was a Youth Award finalist for demonstrating courage and composure beyond his years during a challenging recovery mission.

Fleur Pedlar

Fleur Pedlar

Broome SES

I volunteer along with my husband and two sons – the Broome SES team are like an extension of my family. I've learned so many challenging skills that I never thought I would do in my life! I’m a proud member and guarantee you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. Go on, challenge yourself!

Natalie Beard

Natalie Beard

SES Mounted Section

I love volunteering, not only for the good I am doing for the community, but for the friendships and camaraderie of my team. Volunteering helps give me a purpose and sense of worth in my busy lifestyle.

Daniel Lansom

Daniel Lansom

Wanneroo Joondalup SES

I signed up on my 18th birthday, just like my Dad! I was drawn to Vertical Rescue because of the technicality and fast pace – if you put the effort in, it can take you anywhere and you'll meet amazing people along the way!

Zeffie Maynard

Zeffie Maynard

SES Canine Unit

I joined the SES because I wanted to be a part of a group of people who give back to their community without expecting anything in return.

Emergency Services Volunteer Award Winners

In just 12 months our heroes in orange attended over 630 incidents, committing almost 22,000 hours to cyclones, land searches, rescues, fires and storm damage recovery. The annual SES Awards celebrates the outstanding contribution these incredible volunteers make to Western Australian communities.

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton

Youth Achievement Award Winner

  • SES Unit
    Belmont / Victoria Park
  • Length of service
    6 years, 10 months

Sarah volunteers as a Scout Leader with Hampton Park Scout Group as well as a Team Leader at Belmont SES.

An inspiring young volunteer, Sarah made history as the first woman to design and implement a new SES badge for Scouts. Her dedication towards motivating others to volunteer with both Scouts and the SES was recognised when she won the 2018 Youth Achievement Award.

Learn More About SES Roles

Esperence SES

Esperance SES

Team Award Winners 2017

From missing person searches to aiding bushfire fighting efforts and sea rescues, the Esperance SES Unit provides essential support to their coastal community.

In recognition of their amazing teamwork and dedication during the 2017 floods, they were awarded the coveted 2018 Team Achievement Award.