State Emergency Service awards given to Redlanders

THE efforts of six Redlanders to help others out in times of natural disaster and hardship has been recognised at a State Emergency Service awards ceremony earlier this week.

National medals, acknowledging 15 years of service or more, were bestowed to Redland unit SES’ acting deputy local controller Andrew Davis and volunteer Justin Dunn.

Mr Dunn, a police officer, also received a meritorious clasp to help signify the achievement.

Alex Johnson received a meritorious service medal to help signify ten years of service, with certificates also given to deputy group leader Scott Barnes and volunteers Jean Bredden, Kathy Johnston and Corina Bailey for their outstanding contributions.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Katrina Carroll said SES Week, on from October 7 until October 15, helped recognise volunteers and staff for their work.

“In times of crisis, the state turns to its more than 6,000 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 local controller and resilience community co-ordinator Clare Barker said more people were needed to sign-up with the Redland SES unit to help out at North Stradbroke Island and Southern Moreton Bay Islands when required.

“Volunteers are always needed, especially on our beautiful Southern Moreton Bay Islands, which often are the most affected  by storms and bushfires due to multiple bushlands and isolation,” she said.

She said volunteers could help those affected by natural disasters and assist other agencies with forensic land searches.

“You only need to be 18 years of age and willing to assist others in helping the community,” Ms Barker said.

Training takes place twice every month at Cleveland and Dunwich, with instruction nights alternated between both Russell and Macleay islands for SMBI volunteers.

To sign-up, visit redlandses.com.au/contact-us.