Orange Army volunteers recognised at SES Week Awards

Published Saturday, 09 October, 2021 at 03:20 PM

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

More than 100 dedicated State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Northern Region were recognised for their efforts to help Queenslanders at an awards ceremony today. 

Representing Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan, Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper MP, said the event recognised SES members, groups and units who provided outstanding service to their community in times of need.

“The Queensland SES has a proud history of helping, protecting and educating our communities,” Mr Harper said.

“SES Week is an important event in our calendar, as we honour the hard work and outstanding efforts of staff and volunteers across Queensland.

“Our volunteers give up time they may spend with family to help the community prepare and recover from disasters.

“I thank our SES volunteers and staff for their dedication and contribution, and who wear the orange uniform with pride.”

“To back our SES, the government has increased its funding commitment this year by over seven percent bringing it to record levels.

“We will continue to support the SES now and into the future.”

The annual event provides an opportunity to honour the hard work and celebrate the outstanding efforts of SES members across the state.

QFES Commissioner Greg Leach congratulated the award recipients for their outstanding work with Queensland communities.

“Our SES volunteers selflessly donate their time to assist the community, often travelling long distances.

“To those thinking of volunteering with QFES, I encourage them to take the next step and enquire with their local unit and learn about the many roles available.

“I thank all SES members for helping their communities prepare for weather events and get back on their feet following disasters.”

Suncorp CEO Steve Johnson said they are proud to be the Principal Community Partner of the Queensland SES.

“SES volunteers are a vital part of the community, particularly when the storms come or when people need search and rescue, and they do so much more supporting communities in many ways.

“On behalf of the Suncorp Group I thank the SES volunteers for that important community contribution that is consistent with the Suncorp spirit.”

The SES has approximately 6000 volunteers who perform a diverse range of functions when responding to local, state and national emergencies.

Northern Region SES Week Award winners:

Regional Member of the Year – Anthony Boyle, Townsville SES Group

Regional Trainer of the Year – Walter Thomasson, Charters Towers SES Group

Regional Group/Unit of the Year – Charters Towers SES Group

Regional Operational Response of the Year – Townsville SES Group

Media contacts  

Minister Ryan’s Office: Ph: (07) 3035 8300

QFES Media: (07) 3635 3310