09/09/2019 - SES Awards 2019

SES volunteers commended for dedication to community 

A Pilbara volunteer who led several volunteer search and rescue missions through the harsh terrain of Karijini National Park has been named one of three deserving recipients at the 2019 State Emergency Services Awards.  

At the 2019 State Emergency Service (SES) Awards ceremony in Perth last night, volunteers from across the State were acknowledged for their work on the frontline during emergencies, and maintaining the high standard of training and capability of the SES.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM commended those nominated on their commitment to go beyond the call of duty.

“SES volunteers are an irreplaceable part of WA’s frontline emergency services and our community as a whole,” Commissioner Klemm said.

“Over the past 12 months, SES volunteers have attended more than 750 incidents, spending roughly 23,000 hours helping communities across the State prepare and respond to cyclones, storms, land rescues, and other emergency situations.

“These awards are a reflection of our gratitude to not only the award recipients, but every volunteer in WA who dedicates their time towards making WA a safer State.”

Tom Price SES Rescue Team Leader Simon Davidson received the Peter Keillor Award, one of the highest individual State honours in the SES, in recognition of his outstanding leadership, displayed during complex and challenging situations in the harsh Pilbara climate.

The Youth Achievement Award went to Alex Corinaldesi from Cockburn SES, whose commitment and enthusiasm since joining the SES as a 16-year-old has earnt him the respect of his peers.

The Peel/Harvey SES Recruitment Team took out the Team Achievement Award for reversing a trend of declining volunteer numbers and recruiting 60 new members within 12 months.

The 2019 SES Awards recipients:

Peter Keillor Award

Simon Davidson – Tom Price SES 

Simon is Tom Price’s Rescue Team Leader and a key member of the SES unit. He has led teams through unique and technical operations, from recues in deep Pilbara gorges to extensive land searches in temperatures exceeding 45 degrees. Simon has invested a significant amount of time maintaining and upskilling the unit’s collective capability, which is particularly challenging given the transient nature of the Tom Price community. His passion and leadership extends beyond the unit itself – Simon frequently facilitates weekly training for SES cadets and plays a pivotal role in the cadet camp and other activities throughout the year.

Team Achievement Award 

Peel/Harvey Recruitment Team

If an effort to boost volunteer numbers in the region, three members from the Murray and Mandurah SES units formed the Peel/Harvey SES Recruitment Team to recruit new members. Developing a plan to engage the community and giving up an enormous amount of their own time, the team registered more than 60 new recruits across a wide variety of age groups in 12 months from the Mandurah, Pinjarra, Waroona and Harvey communities. They also provided induction training every two months and offered unit tours and displays for interested groups. 

Youth Achievement Award

Alex Corinaldesi, Cockburn SES 

After being a cadet for a number of years, Alex joined the SES in May 2012, at the age of 16. Since that time, he has taken on responsibilities far beyond what would be expected of someone his age. In 2018, he was appointed the unit’s Logistics Officer, and his performance in the role earned him the unit’s Drayton Award for Member of the Year. Alex goes above and beyond what is expected with his forethought and pre-planning, taking the initiative to proactively identify and complete tasks. His diligence as the unit’s Logistics Officer allows the teams within the unit to respond efficiently and safely, knowing that their equipment is in good order, their vehicles are stocked and ready to go, and everything has been done to ensure their safety.