By Margaret Maccoll
Noosa State Emergency Services scooped the top awards at the SES Week Awards held last weekend in Gympie.
SES Noosa area controller Warren Kuskopf said the branch was up against much larger SES groups including Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg but their winning of the major awards showed their outstanding capabilities and dedication.
Stan Ryan was presented with an award in recognition of his incredible 40-year membership.
Graeme Ozanne, Pauline Eglington and Col Oats received National Emergency Medals for their assistance during Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
Phil Pane was awarded Regional Member of the Year. Su Below was given the award for Regional Trainer of the Year. Tye Cotter received the SES Week Award for excellence in contribution to member support and operational capability effectiveness and innovation.“The competition was especially steep,“ Warren said.
“It shows their effort and commitment to the community which is just outstanding.“
Emergency Services were also involved this week in a Get Ready program run in partnership with Noosa Council aimed at helping primary school students and their parents to become more resilient and prepared in Disaster and Emergency Management.
The trial program was delivered to about 120 Year 5 students for the first time on Tuesday 12 October at Tewantin Primary School.