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  • Marine Rescue NSW finalists in 2015 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Communit
  • June 25, 2015

Photo: Top L to R. Stacey Tannos Commissioner Marine Rescue NSW; Mark Gibson Commissioner Volunteer Rescue Association; Greg Newton Deputy Commissioner NSW SES; Jim Smith A/Commissioner Fire & Rescue NSW; Tony Gately Chief Superintendent Ambulance Service NSW; Shane Fitzsimmons, Commissioner Rural Fire Service NSW. Front L to R. Barry Antees District Governor Rotary; Dot Hennessy Chair Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards; Graham Wilson, District Governor Elect, Rotary.

Four members of Marine Rescue NSW were named today among twenty four (24) finalists for the Rotary2015 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards.

Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon. David Elliott MP announced the finalists at NSW Parliament House. His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales, who was also in attendance, is Vice-Regal Patron of the Awards.

Minister Elliott said “the awards help celebrate the outstanding work performed in the community by emergency services workers on a regular basis. It takes a special type of person to work for an emergency service organisation, either as a volunteer or staff member.

The public was invited to submit nominations in any of the six officially recognised State Emergency Service Organisations.  Namely: Ambulance Service of NSW, Fire & Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner, Stacey Tannos ESM, said “I am very proud that four of our members have been recognized for their commitment to the Marine Rescue NSW mission of saving lives on the water.”

The Marine Rescue finalists are Derek Ford of Port Macquarie; Bruce Mitchell, Illawarra; Eryl Thomas, Port Stephens and Dennis Travers, Forster-Tuncurry

“These members are worthy representatives of their fellow volunteers whose selfless response to emergencies requires skill, dedication, tiring work and often the courage to head out into weather and sea conditions that would keep others safely on shore, Commissioner Tannos said.

While each individual service holds their own internal awards, the Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards are the only awards that recognise all Emergency Services Personnel, both volunteers and paid officers, in a combined awards program.  The awards recognise community serviceabove and beyond the call of normal duties.

Rotary District Governor, Barry Antees said “Rotary is honoured to host such a worthy program to acknowledge and recognise the dedication of our Emergency Services personnel who clearly reflect the spirit of the Rotary motto; Service Above Self.  We are excited that funds raised from the awards will lead to the establishment of PhD Scholarship Research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel”.

Finalists will attend a gala Awards Dinner to be held at the Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour on Friday 28 August 2015 where winners for each service will be announced, culminating with overall winners in both a volunteer officer and a paid officer capacities.

Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend.  Tickets are $95 per person and as of the first of July, can be booked online at  Enquiries can be made through Carole Johnston 02 4237 5554 or

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