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  • Marine Rescue NSW members honoured on Queen’s Birthday
  • June 11, 2017

Three members of Marine Rescue NSW have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours for their commitment to serving the NSW boating community and saving lives on the water.

Keven Marshall, John Murray and John Steele have today been awarded the Emergency Service Medal.

Mr Marshall is Operations Officer and Assessor at Marine Rescue Ulladulla; Mr Steele is a Search and Rescue Support Officer, Training Officer, Training Systems Officer and Assessor at Marine Rescue Eden and Mr Murray is the Northern Rivers Regional Operations Manager and a member of Marine Rescue Woolgoolga.

MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos congratulated the three members on the national recognition of their distinguished service.

“These awards are an opportunity to thank these personnel – along with all the members of Marine Rescue NSW – for their hard work and commitment to serving and protecting the boating community,” Commissioner Tannos said.

“Our people are our strength. We could not operate to save lives on the water without the skilled, dedicated and experienced members in our ranks.

“Our volunteers don’t join up for praise or acclaim. They make a valuable contribution to the safety and wellbeing of our community without any expectation of reward or recompense and they deserve our gratitude.”

Commissioner Tannos said the organisation’s rescue crews often were called upon to put their own safety at risk, responding in the worst weather and sea conditions to help boaters in trouble.

“Our radio base crews provide a 24-hour marine radio safety net to monitor and respond to distress calls and help coordinate search and rescue missions,” he said.

“Members also give up valuable time with their families and friends to organise, deliver and attend training, support community events, conduct education courses for local boaters and raise funds for our organisation.

“Our members are a credit to our organisation and these awards today give us a chance to say thank you to them all.”

Keven Marshall ESM, Burrill Lake

Keven Marshall embodies the spirit of Australian volunteering. Mr Marshall joined the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol at Ulladulla (now Marine Rescue Ulladulla) in 1998. Over almost 20 years, he has served the unit with selflessness and commitment, holding a number of positions including as former Deputy Unit Commander and Training Officer and current Assessor and Operations Officer. A qualified electrician, Mr Marshall held the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major in the Australian Army Reserve and is a former skipper of an Australian Customs vessel. He holds a Master 5 marine qualification and is always willing to share his knowledge and experience with his fellow volunteers at Marine Rescue Ulladulla and other units to assist them in attaining their operational qualifications. He undertakes regular Radio Operator shifts, gives his time freely to assist with unit fundraising and has been instrumental in the maintenance of the unit’s rescue vessels. Recently, he has helped the unit’s members through a number of difficult times after the destruction of their unit base by fire and the passing of long-standing volunteers. As well as his volunteering duties with Marine Rescue NSW, Mr Marshall also devotes his time and energy to Legacy. A respected and valued member of Marine Rescue Ulladulla, Keven Marshall is a worthy recipient of the Emergency Service Medal.

John Murray ESM, Woolgoolga

John Murray has been a dedicated member of the Marine Rescue sector since joining the Volunteer Rescue Association – Marine at Woolgoolga (now Marine Rescue Woolgoolga) as a volunteer in 2002.  Mr Murray has held a number of executive and strategic roles, both as an active volunteer and operational member of staff. In his volunteer capacity, he is a former Unit Commander, Training Officer and Training Systems Officer of Marine Rescue Woolgoolga and continues to serve his unit as an MRNSW Master, skippering its rescue vessel during emergency response operations. Over the past six years, Mr Murray has held the positions of Regional Training Manager, Mid North Coast Regional Controller and Northern Rivers Regional Operations Manager. His contribution to the development and delivery of the widely-recognised MRNSW volunteer training program has been instrumental to the organisation’s professional capability. Most recently, Mr Murray has played a key role in the introduction of new Rescue Water Craft (jet skis) to the operational fleet, helping expand units’ capacity to respond to emergencies in hostile environments such as coastal bars. In his role as Regional Operations Manager, he is responsible for the management of rescue resources and crews from seven units from the Queensland border to Wooli. John Murray is dedicated to saving lives on the water and building the skill, competence and professionalism of MRNSW volunteers, serving Marine Rescue NSW and the boating community with distinction.

John Steele ESM, Pambula

John Steele joined the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol at Eden (now Marine Rescue Eden) in 2007, bringing with him extensive experience from the Royal Australian Navy. An active volunteer for a decade, Mr Steele has played a core role in the enhancement of the operational capabilities of Marine Rescue Eden, a key Search and Rescue Coordination Centre located on a high-risk area of the southern NSW coastline carrying heavy boating traffic. In numerous roles, including as a former Unit Commander and current MRNSW Search and Rescue Support Officer, Unit Training Officer, Training Systems Officer and Assessor, Mr Steele has been instrumental to the development of the unit, its volunteer skill base and communications capability in the remote border region and to the safety of the large local and transiting boating community. He has coordinated emergency rescue responses, provided pivotal operations support and taken a leading role in the unit’s work to keep watch over competitors in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Mr Steele has supported the training of members of other MRNSW units in the Monaro Region and helped achieve a long-running project to upgrade communications infrastructure, including the installation of leading-edge radio equipment within the Eden base and the expansion of regional marine radio coverage via repeater/remote sites at Timbilica Hill and Mt Imlay. Mr Steele has a distinguished record of commitment to MRNSW, his fellow volunteers and the boating community.


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