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SES National Awards

Published 18/11/2013

A group of 97 SES volunteers received recognition for their long-term contribution to the Victorian community at the annual SES National Awards on Sunday.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells presented recipients with the National Medal for 15 years of service and clasps for each proceeding 10 years.

"All recipients richly deserve their award for selflessly volunteering their time and efforts for the benefit of the community throughout their continuous years of service," Mr Wells said.

"Like any SES volunteer, they have had to answer the call to action at the expense of their personal and professional time and have made sacrifices in the interests of community safety that are to be commended.

"I congratulate each and every one of this group of 97."

Mr Wells said while each recipient should be admired for their achievements, a group of three were worthy of particular praise.

"John Howie, Lawrence Russell and Alfred Pelns deserve special mention for their 45 years of service to the SES," Mr Wells said.

"That is real dedication and we are grateful for their contribution.

"Congratulations also to Keith Blackman, who was named this year’s CEO Award recipient for extraordinary service to the SES and his community."

A number of National Emergency Medals were also presented yesterday, recognising those volunteers who provided sustained service during the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.

Mr Wells said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to support the SES.

"It is our privilege as a government to provide the SES with the tools and resources it needs to do its job," Mr Wells said.

"The Coalition Government committed $47.39 million to the SES in the 2013-14 Budget. The SES across Victoria has also received over $2 million in grants for equipment as part of the government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

"We will continue to stand by our SES volunteers, who are the backbone of Victoria's emergency response."