Top gongs for volunteers at state emergency services regional awards

AWARDS: At the SES Gold Coast award ceremony are Danni Bull, Peter Wearmouth, Assistant Commissioner SES Peter Jeffrey, Adam Dorricott and Daniel Hall. Photo: Supplied
AWARDS: At the SES Gold Coast award ceremony are Danni Bull, Peter Wearmouth, Assistant Commissioner SES Peter Jeffrey, Adam Dorricott and Daniel Hall. Photo: Supplied

FOUR State Emergency Services volunteers from the Scenic Rim area have been given certificates of recognition at a regional SES award ceremony at the Gold Coast.

Local controller of the Scenic Rim SES Unit Jeff McConnell said Danni Bull from the Boonah group had been awarded a medal for 10 years service.

She was also given the regional SES Week member award for her contribution to the SES by providing strong leadership to the Boonah SES group.

Peter Wearmouth, also from the Boonah group, was awarded a 40-year clasp for service to the Queensland SES.

Adam Dorricott, of Tamborine SES, Danni Bull, of Boonah SES and Daniel Hall, of Beaudesert SES, also received certificates.

Tamborine Mountain SES group member Adam Dorricott received an award for being an active member during training, activations and at community events and for providing support and leadership.

Mr McConnell said Daniel Hall from the Beaudesert group was recognised for his contribution, dedication and support.

The Logan City SES Unit won the regional operational response of the year award for rescuing a family from the roof of their home during heavy rainfall in March.

SES personnel Jim Ferguson, Chris Holloway and Claire Browning rescued the mother and her two children minutes before their two-storey home was washed away by floodwaters.

The water surged down the Albert River following torrential rainfall as a result of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.

SES acting regional manager Mark Kelly said the unit was recognised for performing the dangerous and life-saving rescue.

“The outcome could have been absolutely tragic if it weren’t for the brave and gallant efforts of these SES volunteers in what were extremely harrowing and treacherous conditions,” he said.

The award was announced at the SES south eastern region award ceremony at the Gold Coast on Sunday.

Logan Village SES group member Judy Gilbert-Case was also given a certificate of recognition during the ceremony.

Local controller of the Logan City SES Unit Jim Ferguson said Ms Gilbert-Case had been a stalwart at Logan Village SES since joining about seven years ago.

She is an absolute legend for us,” he said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the SES Week awards recognised the outstanding contribution of staff and volunteers.

“In times of crisis, the state turns to its more than 6000 SES members,” she said.

“These volunteers selflessly donate their time and energy to assist their communities and SES Week is our chance to thank them for their wonderful service and dedication.”

SES Week is from October 7 until 15.

Member of the year award for the region was given to Jayd Woolard for his management of the Gold Coast SES Unit and Gold Coast City SES Unit was presented with the regional unit of the year award.