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Volunteers Hardship Assistance Scheme meeting
The Emergency Services Volunteers Hardship Assistance Scheme (ESVHAS) held a committee meeting Sunday. The ESVHAS has been in operation for past two years. The official launch was in October 2015 by the minister for Emergency services, the Hon. Joe Francis MLA. The launch also coincided with the scheme’s web site, a single-stop shop for all information related to the hardship scheme, going live and becoming accessible for all emergency service Volunteers, via the internet on the DFES Volunteer Portal.
The scheme now has the ability to receive donations, with the ESVHAS holding deductible gift recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The committee remains committed to providing financial assistance to Volunteers who are suffering hardship. This is in recognition of the fine work the state’s emergency service volunteers perform in preserving life and property.
The committee is chaired by, Mr Tony Ahern, CEO ST John Ambulance (WA) with representatives from each of the DFES Services Volunteer Associations.
Phillip Petersen ESM
The ESVHAS Committee with the DFES Commissioner, Mr Wayne Gregson APM
Broome SES Volunteers Rescue Woman
SES Volunteers from the Broome Unit have rescued a 76 year old woman after she had become lost after walking out on the tidal flats at Port Smith lagoon, 160 kilometres south of Broome. The woman's partner became worried by her absence after a couple of hours and staff from the local caravan park searched for several hours, before they notified police. At dawn a full search was launched involving nine State Emergency Service personnel from Broome, the local Karajarri Rangers and a helicopter.
Around 10am Sunday, searchers in a dingy spotted the missing woman clinging to mangrove branches. Police said she was suffering from shock and had some cuts on her arms and feet from climbing in the mangrove thickets to try stay clear of the rising waters, but was in surprising good spirits. She had been able to manage her diabetes with lollies carried in a bum-bag and was checked by nurses at the nearby Aboriginal community of Bidyadanga.
SES Volunteers from Broome SES