Redland SES named best unit

Redland City SES Unit s award recipients at Kedron on the weekend.REDLAND City’s State Emergency Service unit has been named the best regional unit in south east Queensland for the fifth year running.
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The award was one of several received by unit volunteers at the launch of SES Week on Sunday, for providing an excellent local disaster response crew.

Michelle Anastasi, Carol Bloor, Dan Tuckwood and Jay Ferguson received SES Directors Certificates of Commendation for service above the call of duty on North Stradbroke Island during the Australia Day storms.

Anne Marie Bennett received the same award for her work at the Lions Club caravan fire during the Christmas by Starlight event last year.

National medals were handed to volunteers for long service, including Tony Daniel who has been with the SES for 35 years.

Wayne Whitrod, Anne Marie Bennett and Aldo Lo Presti received awards for 15 years of service with the SES.

Acting local controller Peter Gould said he was extremely proud of the volunteers’ efforts.

“Nobody comes into the SES for the prestige or to receive awards, but we certainly appreciate it when those acknowledgments are made,” he said.

“We’ve been lucky enough to receive this award for five years in a row.”

Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey congratulated the unit on their awards.

“Over the past 12 months, the Redland City SES Unit has grown from two to four groups and with the expansion of the Redland Bay Group and a Southern Moreton Bay Islands Group,” he said.

“The unit has been active in educating the community with the delivery of disaster preparedness education to schools, retirement villages and community events.”

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