VICSES Ballarat Unit junior volunteer, Jordan Bush, has taken out the esteemed Ian Mayberry award.
The 17-year-old was recognised for his eagerness to learn and willingness to volunteer, during the annual general rescue training weekend, recently held in Stawell.
Ballarat Unit Controller, Steve Burgess, said “The weekend includes training in basic communications equipment, identifying and using ropes, chains and slings, using ladders and hand tools, lifting and lowering techniques used in rescue events.”
“Jordan is a dedicated and committed volunteer with the Ballarat Unit; he goes out on low risk requests for assistance from the local community.”
Jordan is one of many VICSES junior volunteers involved in a number of specialised training scenarios and receive nationally-accredited training in General Rescue, First Aid and Occupational Health & Safety.
They also learn skills relating to flood and storm response and community education. It is a great way to get younger members of the community involved and develop their social and technical skills.
“The junior volunteer members demonstrate dedication and commitment, the accreditations and skills they achieve gives them a boost when they enter the workforce later in life,” Mr Burgess said.
The distinguished award is presented annually in memory of emergency services member, leader and inspiration Ian Mayberry.