Seven Griffith SES volunteers with more than 80 years of service between them were recognised by Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant at a surprise presentation on Friday.
Long service awards and a National Medal were handed out to the volunteers during a special ceremony, alongside a $5000 boost to go towards Griffith’s emergency response training.
Mr Grant attended the ceremony with local SES volunteers and staff as well as Murray MP Adrian Piccoli who said it was great to have the Minister make a visit to the city – and even better he brought his chequebook with him.
”These funds will allow for the purchase of industrial and domestic rescue props which will be used to simulate entrapment in machinery as well as a shipping container,” Mr Piccoli said.
“Whether responding to floods, storms or any other emergency, the community can be assured that our SES volunteers have the skills and equipment to help them in times of emergency or disaster.”
Mr Grant thanked the volunteers rewarded during the ceremony, recognising the outstanding work they provided to the local community.
“Long serving volunteers are an invaluable part of any SES unit, providing vital local knowledge, skills and experience, mentoring and supporting younger volunteers,” he said.
“I thank the volunteers honoured today, and all those present, for dedicating their time and service to help the community, particularly in times of need.”