Vital volunteers recognised at awards night

Vital volunteers recognised at awards night

Kenneth Elliott, Neil Kentish and Brian Manning - all recognised for 45 years of service.

The efforts of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s volunteer bushfire brigades and SES members over the past 12 months were recognised at the Annual Emergency Service Awards Night 2024.

Shire president Rob Coales said the evening, held at Mardella Meadows, was about celebrating the exceptional contributions of the volunteers.

“Throughout the past year, our volunteers have shown unwavering dedication to the well-being of the SJ community,” he said.

“They have worked tirelessly to protect us from the constant threats of fire, storms, flooding, and other emergencies.

“Teamwork is an important ingredient in our volunteer groups, none more so than our emergency service volunteers. An important part of the team is their support network, their family and loved ones.

“The evening was also an opportunity for us to thank and recognise family, friends, and supporters of our volunteers.”

The event honoured those who have reached significant milestones in their volunteering careers and recognised individuals for their exemplary dedication and commitment throughout the year.

President Rob Coales with Matthew Hendrickson (middle, SES Unit Manager’s Awards recipient) and Martin Seward, who was recognised for 40 years of service.

Exceptional length of service: Ken Elliott – 45 years, Neil Kentish – 45 years,  Brian Manning – 45 years  and Martin Seward – 40 years.

Captain’s awards:  Byford Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade – Aaron Little, Jarrahdale Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade – Jervis Atkinson, Keysbrook Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade – Kathryn Buttfield, Mundijong Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade – Christopher (Spud) Jones, Oakford Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade – Rhett Hislop, Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade – Calan Dumbrell, and Serpentine Jarrahdale Emergency Support Brigade – Ray Souza.

SES Unit Manager’s Awards: Serpentine-Jarrahdale State Emergency Service – Matthew Hendrickson.

Chief Bushfire Control Officer’s Meritorious Service Award:  Judy Curtis.
Chief Bushfire Control Officer’s Cadet Award:  Jaxon Prothero.