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Tin Can Bay SES thanked for their help

Tin Can Bay SES - Storm Heroes Award (runners up) with Marianne Jaques, NRMA Insurance and Member for Gympie, David Gibson MP

Tin Can Bay SES has been named ‘Runner Up’ in the 2013 NRMA Insurance Storm Heroes Team Awards for their response to weather events and contribution in times of calm weather.

Ex TC Cyclone Oswald brought heavy rainfall and severe flooding to Tin Can Bay in January, wreaking havoc on local roads and damaging local homes. Tin Can Bay SES volunteers responded to requests for assistance with damaged roofs, flooded homes as well as support with traffic control measures.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton said the Storm Heroes Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate hard-working Queensland SES teams who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“SES volunteers are committed to helping their local community and can always be counted on when severe weather hits. Tin Can Bay SES volunteers lent a hand to locals, many of them elderly during the storm and continued their support through the recovery period.

“Tin Can Bay SES focuses on emergency response when needed, but also dedicates time and resources to keeping the local community informed. The volunteers took it upon themselves to provide road closure updates, advice on water heights both online and through community noticeboards.”

The Member for Gympie, David Gibson MP, congratulated the Tin Can Bay Unit on their Storm Hero Award.

“We deeply appreciate our local SES unit and know that they will be there for us when wild weather strikes,” Mr Gibson said. 

“This award highlights the vital work SES volunteers do to help our communities recover following severe weather and other emergencies.”

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) South East Regional Director, Mike Shapland said the unit was happy to be there for local residents in this challenging time.

“I’m very proud of how Tin Can Bay SES volunteers responded to the storms in January, and of their unwavering dedication to community engagement. We have an ageing population and the team are very mindful of supporting them, and how to best communicate potentially life-saving information to various groups in the community. Our volunteers have also helped at Gayndah and are currently supporting recovery efforts in Bundaberg.”

The unit has been awarded $1,000 by NRMA Insurance, which will go towards purchasing essential storm response equipment.

EMQ Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said SES volunteers continued to be a pillar of strength in local communities.“SES volunteers always bring the best of themselves when nature is at its worst. We appreciate the difference awards such as NRMA Insurance’s Storm Heroes make in supporting and recognising our tireless volunteers,” he said.

NRMA Insurance has been supporting the Queensland SES since 2007 to help households better prepare for and recover from severe storms and rewarding SES volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance.

SES 'storm hero' wins well-deserved award

John O'Gorman, Eidsvold SES - Storm Heroes award winner

John O’Gorman  from Eidsvold SES has been named ‘Winner’ in the 2013 NRMA Insurance Storm Hero awards for single-handedly running the unit’s response following the Australia Day Long Weekend storms.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton said the Storm Heroes Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate hard-working SES volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“John O’Gorman is a well-regarded member of the Eidsvold SES and was a genuine ‘Storm Hero’ in January when Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald hit. He gave selflessly of his time to help the community in the wake of the storm, tending to homes and rescuing locals who needed help. 

“SES volunteers are committed to helping their local community and can always be counted on when severe weather hits. John’s contribution to his community is significant and extraordinary, and we are proud to recognise him for his efforts,” said Ms Lupton.

The Member for Callide, Jeff Seeney MP, congratulated John O’Gorman on his Storm Hero Award.

“We deeply appreciate our local SES unit and volunteers like John O’Gorman. We know that they will be there for us when wild weather strikes,” Mr Seeney said.  “This award highlights the vital work SES volunteers do to help our communities recover following severe weather and other emergencies.”

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Central Regional Director, Wayne Hepple, said John is a valuable member of the QLD SES and his local unit.

“John happened to be the one and only Eidsvold SES volunteer available to help during the January floods. Our unit is small and all of the other eight members were injured, sick or cut off from town, so it fell to John to save the day. He rescued at least four people with help from one of our local residents and went ten days straight helping others. His contribution was remarkable and we are very proud of him.

EMQ Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said SES volunteers continued to be a pillar of strength in local communities.

“SES volunteers always bring the best of themselves when nature is at its worst. We appreciate the difference awards such as NRMA Insurance’s Storm Heroes make in supporting and recognising our tireless volunteers,” he said.

NRMA Insurance has been supporting the Queensland SES since 2007 to help households better prepare for and recover from severe storms and rewarding SES volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance.

Bribie Island SES: Small unit, huge contribution

Bribie Island SES - Storm Heroes award winners

Bribie Island SES has been named ‘Winner’ in the 2013 NRMA Insurance Storm Heroes Team Awards for their response to Ex-TC Cyclone Oswald.

This year’s Australia Day Long Weekend celebrations were dampened by severe weather, keeping Bribie Island SES volunteers run off their feet. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald brought heavy rainfall, wind and flooding to the small community of Bribie Island and isolated the community from the mainland.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton said the Storm Heroes Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate hard-working Queensland SES teams who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“SES volunteers are committed to helping their local community and can always be counted on when severe weather hits. Bribie Island is a small unit with few volunteers but they certainly made a huge effort for their community.”

“Bribie SES volunteers gave selflessly of their time, sacrificed sleep and time with their families to help locals get through the worst of the severe weather.

The Member for Pumicestone, Lisa France MP, congratulated the Bribie Island Unit on winning this year’s Storm Hero Award.

“We deeply appreciate our local SES unit and know that they will be there for us when wild weather strikes,” Ms France said. 

“This award highlights the vital work SES volunteers do to help our communities recover following severe weather and other emergencies.”

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) South East Regional Director, Mike Shapland said the team did an outstanding job, made even more remarkable due to the unit’s limited resources.

“I’m very proud of how the unit came together and worked as a group to support Bribie Island locals. We had more than 75 requests for assistance, helping with sandbagging, roof repairs as well as traffic control after the island lost power because powerlines went down. Some of our members worked from dawn until late each night for a week, disrupting their personal lives so our community could recover more quickly from this storm.

The unit has been awarded $2,000 by NRMA Insurance, which will go towards purchasing essential storm response equipment. 

EMQ Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said SES volunteers continued to be a pillar of strength in local communities.“SES volunteers always bring the best of themselves when nature is at its worst. We appreciate the difference awards such as NRMA Insurance’s Storm Heroes make in supporting and recognising our tireless volunteers,” he said.

NRMA Insurance has been supporting the Queensland SES since 2007 to help households better prepare for and recover from severe storms and rewarding SES volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance.

SES leader receives Storm Hero runner up award

Ann McGlashan from Inglewood SES has been named ‘Runner Up’ in the 2013 NRMA Insurance Storm Hero awards for commitment to her team.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton said the Storm Heroes Awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate hard-working SES volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“Ann is a fantastic leader of her team, which went from having six members to the 26 committed volunteers Inglewood and Texas SES have today. She is a passionate leader who pitches in to work with the team to respond to severe weather events and undertake community education.

“SES volunteers are committed to helping their local community and can always be counted on when severe weather hits. Ann’s contribution to her community is significant and extraordinary, and we are proud to recognise her for her efforts,” said Ms Lupton.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Regional Director, Mike Shapland said Ann is a valuable member of the QLD SES and her local unit.

“Ann is a highly respected member of the Inglewood SES and of her local community. Over the last seven years she has led the team in their response to storm damage, flooding, traffic control and other emergencies. She is an amazing local controller to her teams in Inglewood and Texas and her contribution to the local community is invaluable.

EMQ Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said SES volunteers continued to be a pillar of strength in local communities.

“SES volunteers always bring the best of themselves when nature is at its worst. We appreciate the difference awards such as NRMA Insurance’s Storm Heroes make in supporting and recognising our tireless volunteers,” he said.

NRMA Insurance has been supporting the Queensland SES since 2007 to help households better prepare for and recover from severe storms and rewarding SES volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance.

Storm Heroes grants equip Queensland SES groups

SES volunteers from forty six Queensland SES groups have received some much-needed new equipment, thanks to a Storm Heroes grant from NRMA Insurance.

NRMA Insurance, as the major sponsor of the Queensland SES, has provided almost $295,000 in equipment grants since 2008 to SES groups across the state supporting SES volunteers in their response to severe weather events.

NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager Megan Lupton said the Storm Heroes Grants, now in their sixth year, celebrate hard-working Queensland SES teams and help them secure essential equipment.

“SES volunteers give generously of themselves and their time. In the past year they have worked tirelessly to respond to floods, storms and other emergencies. We are proud to be able to work with Qld SES units to provide them with the equipment and resources they need to continue their vital work for the community.

The successful SES groups will use their Storm Hero grants to purchase a range of equipment for use in storm damage operations, including:

  • Portable, waterproof lights and stands which help volunteers work more safely and efficiently
  • Cordless, rechargeable drills to help repair roofs without the need for hammer and nails
  • Fire-fighting water pump and fittings to speed up the process of cleaning mud and water from homes and properties
  • Generators to support storm recovery, traffic control and road crash rescue operations, as well as for use in refrigerating medication for elderly residents if power goes off

One group is also using its grant to fund the creation of a community emergency management web page to provide residents with localised emergency readiness and disaster resilience information.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) South East Regional Director Mike Shapland said the grants will help the groups play an even greater role in helping their communities recover from severe weather.

“SES volunteers are highly trained and work in difficult circumstances, often on roofs when it’s dark and wet, or in flood-impacted areas. Better equipment helps SES volunteers serve the community more safely and efficiently. We appreciate the difference grants such as NRMA Insurance’s Storm Heroes make in supporting our volunteers,” he said.

NRMA Insurance has been supporting the Queensland SES since 2007 to help households better prepare for and recover from severe storms and rewarding SES volunteers with discounts on car and home insurance.

Truckload of Thanks for SES volunteers

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will travel across south east Queensland next week as part of a road trip to celebrate National SES Week 2012.

With the support of NRMA Insurance, the ‘Truckload of Thanks’ tour will see SES volunteers leave from Murgon, west of Gympie, on Monday and travel by road through Wondai, Kingaroy, Nanango and Blackbutt.

The road crew will arrive in Brisbane on Saturday, where an SES rescue competition will take place at the Emergency Services Complex in Kedron.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Regional Director for South Eastern Region Mike Shapland said the ‘Truckload of Thanks’ tour was a fantastic opportunity for Queenslanders in the south east to say thank you to the SES when they stop in their town.

“National SES Week is a time each year when Queenslanders stop to recognise the work of our volunteers so it’s great to see the tour pass through so many communities who have experienced the helping hand of our selfless SES volunteers first-hand,” Mr Shapland said.

“Large banners will cover the vehicles and residents will be asked to sign the banners to show their thanks to Queensland’s SES volunteers.

“Local identities, SES volunteers and SES supporters will also be on-hand at many of the locations and many of the stops will include skills demonstrations by our very talented volunteers, including flood boat rescue, chainsaw and land search operations.”

Mr Shapland said the tour was taking place exactly two years after the Queensland floods and was a timely reminder of the devastation severe weather could bring.

“Residents in the South Burnett and Nanango areas are not strangers to severe weather and the SES were on hand to help out during flooding events in these areas in recent years,” he said.

“I encourage locals to stop by, join in the breakfast BBQ, which will happen at each stop, and take the time to sign the truck’s banners to show their support.”

NRMA Insurance Community & Sustainability Manager Megan Lupton said sending a message of thanks to SES volunteers was a great way to let them know just how much their hard work meant.

“We are proud to work with the Queensland SES, who help communities recover from severe weather and provide support in trying times,” Ms Lupton said.

The Queensland SES is proudly supported by Major Partner NRMA Insurance, who were a contributor to the ‘Truckload of Thanks tour’ among other important activities to support volunteers.

Mr Shapland thanked NRMA Insurance and South Burnett Regional Council for their financial assistance and support of the initiative.

Media are invited to attend all opportunities and support their local SES for this year’s National SES Week.

The list of events are below:

  • Monday, 12 November - Murgon (Murgon Visitor Information Centre; Bjelke-Petersen Dam spillway boat ramp)
  • Tuesday, 13 November - Wondai (Wondai Visitor Information Centre)
  • Wednesday, 14 November - Kingaroy (Kingaroy Town Hall; Kingaroy SES HQ)
  • Thursday, 15 November - Nanango (Reg McCallum Park)
  • Friday, 16 November - Blackbutt (Blackbutt Visitor Information Centre)
  • Saturday, 17 November - Kedron, Brisbane (Emergency Services Complex)

Queensland goes orange for National SES Week

Some of Queensland’s most iconic landmarks will show their support for State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers when they ‘light up’ orange for National SES Week (12 to 18 November 2012).

Orange lights will beam from the Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck on the Gold Coast and Jupiters Casino in Townsville while the Brisbane River will reflect the illuminations of the Treasury Casino, the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges and the Wheel of Brisbane.

The Wheel of Brisbane opened just 10 days after the 2011 floods inundated the structure thanks to the hard work of dedicated SES volunteers. The Wheel will light up orange to say thanks to the volunteers who got it back up-and-running during this time.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said the Queensland SES were incredibly grateful for the support received this National SES Week.

“The week provides a great opportunity for all Queenslanders to acknowledge the tremendous work of our SES volunteers and it’s great to see so many of Queensland’s iconic buildings show their support,” Mr Grady said.

“The distinctive orange SES uniform is worn by volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year to their communities and has come to symbolise the strength of community spirit in Queensland.

“It’s fitting for Queensland’s most iconic buildings to be illuminated in orange, especially those buildings impacted by severe weather in the past, to say thank you and acknowledge the great work our SES volunteers do.”

NRMA Insurance Community & Sustainability Manager, Megan Lupton, said SES volunteers are invaluable in helping QLD recover from severe weather.

“We have seen up close the devastation severe weather can bring. We are proud to work with the QLD SES and wish to say a huge thank you to the volunteers for their role in our communities,” Ms Lupton said.

The below Qld SES supporters will illuminate their buildings and bridges orange from 10 – 18 November (unless stated otherwise):

  • King George Square, Brisbane;
  • Treasury Casino, Brisbane;
  • The Wheel of Brisbane, Brisbane;
  • Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges, Brisbane;
  • Q1 Skypoint Observation Deck, Gold Coast (Wednesday, 14 November only); and
  • Jupiters Casino, Townsville.