Wednesday, July 24, 2024

WA Fire and Emergency Services Awards finalists named

More than 40 inspiring finalists have been announced for the 2023 Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services (WAFES) awards.

This year, nominations for award categories hit a record number of 140, an increase of more than 35% from last year.

“On behalf of the State Government I would like to congratulate every finalist for their continued work and commitment to the emergency services,” said Emergency Services Minister, Stephen Dawson.

“Year after year, an impressive force of volunteers and career personnel devote themselves tirelessly to protecting our State.

“It is heartening to see nominations for the WAFES Awards increasing each year.

“The WAFES awards are a special way for us to say thanks to those who have gone above and beyond.”

The annual awards, which acknowledge the vital contribution emergency services make to Western Australia, will be announced at the WAFES conference in September.

Categories that attracted the highest number of nominations included the Marine Rescue Individual Achievement Award, the Firefighting Team Achievement Award and the Peter Keillor Award for the State Emergency Service.

A number of finalists have been recognised for their efforts at major emergencies, including the team at Fitzroy Crossing Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, who have been nominated for their work during January’s devastating floods.

Other nominations acknowledge teams or individuals that have excelled in emergency preparedness or community education and engagement.


Career Fire and Rescue Individual Achievement Award

Greg Henry, Station Officer 

Lexie Bowring, Station Officer

Martin Sellar, Firefighter 

DFES Corporate Staff Individual Achievement Award

Donna Virgo, Regional Training Coordinator

Nerroli Pyne, Principal Industrial Relations Consultant

Scott Hares, Executive Manager Plant and Equipment

DFES Operational Staff Individual Achievement Award

Jeff Davis, Principal Scientific Officer

Rebecca Benson, District Officer Marine

Simon Miller, District Officer Marine

Marine Rescue Individual Achievement Award

Ian Astill, Marine Rescue Geraldton

Krisma May, Marine Rescue Broome

Trevor Hutchinson, Marine Rescue Two Rocks

Murray Lang Bush Fire Service Award

Glenys Malatesta, Gelorup Bush Fire Brigade 

James Morton, Gingin West Bush Fire Brigade

Wayne Hatton, Tom Price Bush Fire Brigade

Peter Keillor Award

Donald Smailes, Kalamunda SES

Leonie Briggs, Canine Unit SES

Sabrina Horan, SWORD SES

Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Individual Achievement Award

Alex Espey, SWORD Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

Ian Cooksey, Fitzroy Crossing Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

Simone Conklin, Eucla Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Individual Achievement Award

Ian MacGregor, Toodyay Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Paul Parker, Dongara-Denison Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Tom Kusters, Lancelin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service


DFES Staff Team Achievement Award

Community Liaison Unit

Kimberley Regional Team

Marine Services

Firefighting Team Achievement Award

Busselton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Fitzroy Crossing Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

Wellington Mills Bush Fire Brigade

Marine Rescue Team Achievement Award

Marine Rescue Albany

Marine Rescue Dampier

Marine Rescue Jurien Bay 

SES Team Achievement Award

Bayswater SES Training Team

Southwest / Lower Southwest Vertical Rescue Team

SWORD SES Logistics


Firefighting Youth Achievement Award

Callum McLerie, Kalgoorlie Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Dylan Goldup, Kununurra Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Zoe Creach, Fitzroy Crossing Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services

Marine Rescue Youth Achievement Award

Marine Rescue Dampier

Sebastian Rausch, Marine Rescue Geraldton

SES Youth Achievement Award

Anjuli Till, Kalgoorlie-Boulder SES

Charles Hasson, Merredin SES

Oscar McDonald, Kalamunda SES.

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