Redland State Emergency Service unit wins top gongs at regional awards

THE Redland State Emergency Service unit has won nine of the 14 awards on offer at the Queensland Regional SES Awards ceremony.

HEROES: Our hard working volunteer SES crew are protecting the local community from natural disasters.

HEROES: Our hard working volunteer SES crew are protecting the local community from natural disasters.

The ceremony is held annually to recognise long serving SES volunteers and those who have excelled throughout the year.

Redland SES won three regional gongs, including one for their operational response to the North Stradbroke Island fires.

They also took home the Regional Unit of the Year and Regional Member of the Year awards, with Tim Willis the recipient of the coveted individual prize for his distinguished service to the SES.

Other individual awards were given to Gemma Kuhn, Robert Hurren, Helen McKenna, Christopher Evans, Daniel Tuckwood and Justin Kirkby for special contribution to the service.

Daniel Tuckwood, Alex Johnson and Anne-Marie Bennett were awarded meritorious service medals for their contributions to the SES over 10, 15 and 20 years respectively.

Redlands mayor Karen Williams said the result was a fitting reward for keeping residents safe during times of disaster.

"I am sure the community will join with me in congratulating the Redland SES unit for winning so many awards at last weekend's ceremony held to honour SES members around the state," she said.

"We are very lucky to have one of the hardest working, community minded SES teams in Queensland here on the Redlands Coast to protect residents during floods, fires and other natural disasters.''

Cr Williams said locals often did not realise the hard work that went in to training for the SES until they needed them.

"Our SES is about people helping people and I also pay tribute to the families they leave behind to rush out and respond to a community in distress," she said.

"I thank you for all your training, dedication and willingness to help and congratulate you once again for an outstanding result."

The Redland SES unit have also been nominated for several accolades at next week's state awards ceremony.

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