Brisbane City State Emergency Service (SES) Unit has taken out the Regional Unit of the Year Award at the QFES SES Regional Awards.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the prize recognised the hard work of Brisbane’s SES volunteers.
“Brisbane’s SES volunteers play a vital role in keeping our families, pets and properties safe and this award recognises how well our Unit has responded to emergencies, disasters and rescue situations,” Cr Quirk said.
“Over the last year the Unit has carried out four major exercises to develop the way they manage incidents and emergencies, as well as workshops to share their skills and knowledge with other agencies.
“On top of this, over 1,000 Brisbane SES volunteers have played a vital role in a number of disaster situations in the past few years, including the November 2014 storm, the March 2015 rain event and the 2013 Australia Day storm.
“I would like to thank all the members of our local SES unit for their hard work and dedication and congratulate them on this well-deserved accolade.”
Amongst the successful activities carried out by the Brisbane City State Emergency Service Unit were:
• The inaugural Emergency Service Expo at Everton Park
• Design & Manage Exercises course
• Inception of the SES Bike Team
• Brisbane Unit Rescue Competition
• Southern Group’s partnership with QPS to develop a relationship with the communities within Sunnybank
• Increase of awards and recognition to members
• The addition of a social activity groups such as the Social Bike Team, which has raised over $6000 for charity, which has indicated better engagement of members and retention.
Cr Quirk said in recognition of the value of the SES to the community, Council has allocated more than $4.6 million in 2016-17 to help build volunteer numbers and strengthen the organisation’s disaster response capabilities.
“Council invests millions of dollars each year preparing for severe weather, bushfires and emergency situations and the SES play an integral role,” Cr Quirk said.
“This funding enables the SES to provide vital training and resources, fund service recognition payments, vehicles and equipment.”
For more information on the Brisbane City State Emergency Service (SES) Unit, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888.