SES volunteers congratulated for exemplary service
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan has congratulated Victoria State Emergency Service volunteers for their dedication and commitment to others in times of need, at the 24th Annual SES National Awards Ceremony.
The awards held in Melbourne on Sunday recognised the outstanding contribution of award recipients and the wider community of SES volunteers.
“Victoria’s SES volunteers are a remarkable group, with the skills and commitment to respond to emergencies including flood, storm and roadside emergencies,” Mr Ryan said.
“It is this versatility that makes SES a unique and essential emergency service, and one that I am proud to represent. Last week, Australia celebrated National SES Week to give thanks to all SES volunteers across Australia. It is fitting to end this celebration of service with the National SES Awards.
“In 2012, Victorian SES volunteers responded to more than 28,000 emergency calls, giving 146,000 hours, including 77,455 hours responding to storm damage and 25,994 to flooding. I congratulate all of the award recipients on their achievement in serving SES, their community and Victoria with distinction,” Mr Ryan said.
Volunteers rallied from across the state to help out in the March 2012 north-east floods, and gave up celebrating Christmas with their families when the hailstorm struck Melbourne in 2011.
This news item first appeared on www.premier.vic.gov.au.