The important contribution employers make to emergency services across the State by allowing their employees to attend emergency incidents as volunteers, was recognised last week with an Albany business receiving the highest honour.
Hardware store T&C Supplies was presented with a Department of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteers Employer Recognition Gold Award – one of 33 businesses across the State to be presented with the honour.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services assistant commissioner country Graham Swift travelled to Albany last Wednesday to present the award to T&C Supplies manager Jason Wilson, who was nominated by employee and Kalgan Volunteer Bushfire Brigade member Darryl Bradley.
Mr Swift said businesses like T&C Supplies provided a high level of support to their employees who were required to leave their workplace on short notice to attend emergency incidents.
“It’s our opportunity to recognise those employers which are supportive of volunteers providing emergency volunteer services to the WA community,” he said.
“So it’s a great opportunity, particularly when employers have gone beyond what we usually expect in support of a volunteer, which is clearly what has happened here.
“Most employers are good but some are exceptionally good like T&C Supplies.” Mr Bradley, who has been a member of the Kalgan brigade for seven years and worked at the business for 10 years, said he had spent two days off work on deployment to the Boddington bushfire and almost another two days fighting other bushfires during the above-average season.
“It’s been busier, a lot more out-of-area fires. It’s still very dry still and it’s been nice to have a bit of rain,” he said.
“They are very good to me. If it was his house burning down, I’m sure he would want me there.
“There is a good understanding between the two of us, if you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.”
Mr Wilson said the business was supportive of the role volunteer firefighters played and all local brigades in Albany.
“He’s putting his life on the line fighting fires, so we are happy to supprt this and appreciate the effort they all put in,” he said.
Tim Edmunds | March 10, 2015, 2:56 pm