DFES acknowledged the Shire with a silver employer recognition award, recognising its support to emergency services by providing flexible work arrangements for employees who are engaged in volunteering. Currently, there are seven Shire of East Pilbara employees volunteering at emergency service centres in Newman, Nullagine and Marble Bar.
“The Shire has always been dedicated to ensuring that we support our employees who volunteer in these critical services because we are keenly aware that living in this part of Australia means our emergency services are vital to our wellbeing,” said Shire President Lynne Craigie.
“Volunteering in emergency services can be dangerous and difficult and those who volunteer require our support and gratitude. We thank DFES for recognising the Shire of East Pilbara’s contribution to the safety of our community and we commit ourselves to continuing this support for many years to come.”
The Shire of East Pilbara Co-ordinator Ranger Services Leigh Mulholland volunteers at Newman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and says whilst the work can at times be challenging, particularly during fire season, the Shire is very understanding and encourages employees to volunteer their time with the towns emergency services.
“I think a progressive local government needs to be leading by example, by releasing volunteers like myself and the rest of our team to support community-run emergency services. The VERA award is proof the Shire is a committed supporter of what we do and for that I'm very grateful,” he said.