WA Businesses recognised
68 Western Australian businesses and self-employed volunteers were recognised on Friday 4 November for the vital role they played in supporting fire and emergency services volunteers throughout the past year.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards recognise employers whose exceptional sacrifices enable their staff to leave during work hours and respond to emergencies.
"In the past 12 months emergency services volunteers responded to over 9,500 fires, 5,500 searches and rescues and 168 hazmat incidents across the State. Without volunteers our capacity to respond to these incidents would be dramatically diminished," Commissioner Gregson said.
"In turn, volunteers rely on their employers to allow them the flexibility to respond to an incident at a moment's notice, have adequate rest afterwards and attend training."
"Volunteers who are self-employed also bear the costs of being unable to work when attending an emergency and this has a direct impact on their business.