Top gongs for volunteers at state emergency services regional awards

AWARDS: At the SES Gold Coast award ceremony are Danni Bull, Peter Wearmouth, Assistant Commissioner SES Peter Jeffrey, Adam Dorricott and Daniel Hall. Photo: Supplied
AWARDS: At the SES Gold Coast award ceremony are Danni Bull, Peter Wearmouth, Assistant Commissioner SES Peter Jeffrey, Adam Dorricott and Daniel Hall. Photo: Supplied

THE Logan City State Emergency Services Unit has won the regional operational response of the year award for rescuing a family from the roof of their home during heavy rainfall in March.

SES personnel Jim Ferguson, Chris Holloway and Claire Browning rescued the mother and her two children minutes before their two-storey home was washed away by floodwaters.

The water surged down the Albert River following torrential rainfall as a result of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.

SES acting regional manager Mark Kelly said the unit was recognised for performing the dangerous and life-saving rescue.

“The outcome could have been absolutely tragic if it weren’t for the brave and gallant efforts of these SES volunteers in what were extremely harrowing and treacherous conditions,” he said.

The award was announced at the SES south eastern region award ceremony at the Gold Coast on Sunday.

Individuals, including Logan Village SES group member Judy Gilbert-Case were given a certificate of recognition during the ceremony.

Local controller of the Logan City SES Unit Jim Ferguson said Ms Gilbert-Case had been a stalwart at Logan Village SES since joining about seven years ago.

She is an absolute legend for us,” he said.

Adam Dorricott, of Tamborine SES, Danni Bull, of Boonah SES and Daniel Hall, of Beaudesert SES, also received certificates.

Peter Wearmouth, from the Boonah group, received a 40-year clasp for service to Queensland SES.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the SES Week awards recognised the outstanding contribution of staff and volunteers.

“In times of crisis, the state turns to its more than 6000 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 Week is from October 7 until 15.

Member of the year award for the region was given to Jayd Woolard for his management of the Gold Coast SES Unit and Gold Coast City SES Unit was presented with the regional unit of the year award.

Anyone in the Logan City area interested in joining the SES, can call 3209 5522.