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  • Marine Rescue NSW volunteers honoured on Queen’s Birthday
  • June 09, 2014
Three volunteers from 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.

Ken Fletcher, David White and Barry Harrison have today been awarded the Emergency Service Medal.

Mr Fletcher is the Deputy Unit Commander of Marine Rescue Port Macquarie, Mr White is the former Unit Commander of Marine Rescue Cottage Point and until recently, Mr Harrison was the Unit Commander of Marine Rescue Merimbula.

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

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

“Our volunteers deserve our gratitude for their contribution to saving lives on the water and improving boating safety.

“They are often called upon to put their own safety at risk, turning out in the worst possible weather and sea conditions, to help boaters in need.

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

Many also volunteer with other community groups as well.

“They make a valuable contribution to the safety and wellbeing of our community without any expectation of reward or recompense.

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

Ken Fletcher ESM, Port Macquarie

Mr Fletcher joined the Port Macquarie Sea Rescue Group, now part of Marine Rescue NSW, in 1984. During his 30 years as a marine rescue volunteer, he has served the NSW community with commitment and distinction. Mr Fletcher has served in almost every executive position in his unit, most recently as Deputy Unit Commander. He has gained the highest seamanship qualifications and shares his knowledge and experience by taking a leading role in training and assessment, ensuring his fellow volunteers are trained to a high standard and prepared for the challenges of offshore rescue operations in unfavourable conditions. Over three decades as an operational member, Mr Fletcher has contributed directly to the safety of the NSW boating community through his participation in numerous offshore rescues, including many as Master of the rescue vessel in dangerous conditions and at night, placing the safety of others above his own. Many members of the boating community owe their safety to Mr Fletcher and his fellow volunteers. As well as his operational and training duties, Mr Fletcher also gives his time to take part in the unit’s fundraising activities and has also been an active volunteer with Surf Life Saving and the RSPCA. His commitment to saving lives on the water and serving his community embodies the spirit of Australian volunteering.

David White ESM, Carlingford

Mr White this year marks a decade as a marine rescue volunteer, after joining the Cottage Point unit (then part of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association) in 2004 at the completion of his service career as a Commander in in the Royal Australian Navy. During this time, he has served as the unit’s Training Officer and Training Systems Officer for two years and Unit Commander for six years. An outstanding vessel Master and active Coxswain in his unit, he has had a significant influence on the development and growth of Marine Rescue NSW since its formation in July 2009. Mr White has promoted, developed and delivered cross-unit training within the Sydney Region, particularly in relation to advanced navigation and coxswain training, as well as supporting organisation-wide training initiatives and joining a working group to develop a new constitution to guide the organisation’s governance. He has demonstrated a unifying attitude, leadership and a positive approach to problem-solving, has nurtured positive relationships with other emergency services and community organisations and is always available to mentor, advise and support his fellow members and unit officers. Mr White consistently displays professionalism and dedication to the highest standards of community service.

Barry Harrison ESM, Merimbula

Mr Harrison joined the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol in August 2005, ahead of the formation of the new Marine Rescue NSW in 2009. He has served the NSW community with distinction as Unit Commander of MR Merimbula, displaying foresight, initiative and professionalism. He has overseen significant growth in the unit, with membership doubling during his tenure. Mr Harrison has worked closely with his unit executive to develop and implement detailed business and financial plans to guide and develop the unit as an efficient and effective rescue service. The first major initiative was to replace the unit’s ageing rescue vessel that was becoming beyond economical repair. Through the fundraising efforts of its volunteers and sound financial planning, the unit raised $330,000 to purchase a fully-equipped 10-metre fast-response rigid hull inflatable boat. This was the first such vessel in the fleet of the new MRNSW and became a model for the organisation’s fleet of rapid-response offshore rescue vessels. The unit has since completed the development of a modern new operating and training base at a cost of $145,000. Mr Harrison’s diligent service and commitment has contributed to volunteer marine rescue at a unit and organisation-wide level.


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