SES veterans honoured at local award ceremony
RAY Faggotter was one of 40 NSW Clarence Nambucca Region SES volunteers honoured at local award ceremony at Coffs Harbour late last month.
Like many of his peers Ray was honoured for his many many years of volunteer service to the valuable local service according to SES controller for the Coffs Coast region, Bill Roffey.
"A 30 year veteran of the NSW SES and has been involved in many traumatic responses and rescues along the Pacific Highway," Bill said.
"Ray no longer responds, but uses his knowledge and skills to support other SES Volunteers as a peer in the Critical Incident Support Program."
Bill said the group had many older members who were still actively involved in all facets of the running of the valuable service.
Member for Coffs Andrew Fraser said the award evening celebrated more than 330 years of combined service, and he congratulated the 37 recipients for their work in and for our community.
"The men and women in orange do such amazing work, often under the most challenging circumstances," Mr Fraser said.
"These devoted volunteers are the lifeblood of their units, and it is my pleasure to be able to acknowledge their hard work and commitment."
The Clarence Nambucca Region comprises 15 SES Units which respond to storm and flood operations across numerous Local Government Areas.
In addition to storm and flood responses, the volunteer members also provide support to other emergency services including the Ambulance Service of NSW, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Police Force, and the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The Clarence Nambucca Region members also help promote resilience through community education programs and engaging in community based events and activities.
It has been a busy operational time for all of the Clarence Nambucca Region units, responding to more than 900 requests for assistance in the past 12 months.
If you are interested in joining the NSW SES as a volunteer please go to ses.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800201000.
NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst (right) with award recipients at the Clarence Nambucca Region Awards Presentation in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday evening.