Bundaberg SES Unit has been honoured for its dedication to the community and has won the North Coast Region SES Unit of the Year award.
Bundaberg SES Unit was awarded for their outstanding service and operational support to the local, regional and state communities at the Queensland Regional SES Awards.
It is the second time in three years the local organisation has received this accolade.
The annual Queensland Regional SES Awards were held at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday afternoon with Bundaberg SES local controller Kieran Galey pleasantly surprised by the win.
Accepting the North Coast Region SES Unit of the Year award Kieran said it was rewarding to see the contribution from men and women in the Bundaberg Region recognised.
“This year our team has been working long hours and put in a lot of dedication to the local community,” Kieran said.
“During the bushfires this year we gave 2600 hours of support to rural fire services.
“Then we’ve assisted with fever clinics, and throughout the local election. Before members went on to assist at Brisbane Airport during COVID-19.
“So, it’s been a long and intensive year for the volunteers, so the award is well earnt.”
After winning the North Coast Region SES unit of the Year Bundaberg SES will now progress forward for a chance to win the SES State Commissioner’s Cup – an award that recognises the best of the best in State Emergency Services.
Along with Bundaberg SES Unit, two local volunteers were also awarded individual awards at the annual Queensland Regional SES Awards.
Charles and Byron also win SES award
Woodgate SES member Charles Elson and Bundaberg SES member Byron Walton, both volunteers, were honoured for their dedication to keeping residents safe during times of disaster.
Kieran said the awards reflected the outstanding and professional leadership efforts these men had made in their volunteer roles, and it highlighted not only how hard working they were, but also their strong community mindedness.
He said both of the volunteers were reliable, dedicated and they undertook their roles in an exceptional way.
Queensland SES has a proud 45-year history of helping and protecting local communities with about 6,000 active, unpaid members who perform a diverse range of functions to respond to local, state and national disasters and emergencies.
Whether it’s first aid, a flood boat operation, technical rescue or a land search, the men and women of the Bundaberg SES Unit are there to assist.
SES Week 2020 will run from Saturday 17 October to Sunday 24 October and it is an excellent opportunity to raise public awareness of the dedication and commitment of SES members and the invaluable services they perform within their communities.
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