SES volunteers were awarded the National Emergency Medal at the Gladstone SES Headquarters on April 6. Gladstone, Baffle Creek, Calliope and Rosedale SES members were honoured.
SES volunteers were awarded the National Emergency Medal at the Gladstone SES Headquarters on April 6. Gladstone, Baffle Creek, Calliope and Rosedale SES members were honoured. Murray Ware

Gladstone region SES volunteers honoured with medals

GLADSTONE region volunteers who put their lives on hold to help with disaster recovery during the 2010/11 floods have been honoured with a national award.

Twenty-nine members of the Gladstone, Baffle Creek, Calliope and Rosedale State Emergency Service were presented with the National Emergency Medal earlier this month.

The medal honours volunteers who give significant and sustained service in a national emergency - and previously had only been given to firefighters in the Victorian Black Saturday disaster.

SES local controller Doug Savage was awarded a medal, along with wife Carol.

He said all locals recipients gave at least 14 days of volunteer service during the floods and Cyclone Yasi event.

"It's been awarded to people from all over the state... we were just a bit late getting ours here," Mr Savage joked.

Gladstone team members were deployed across the state, while others dealt with floods that hit this region.

"They all worked extremely hard whether they went away or stayed closer to home," Mr Savage said.

"For many, the hardest thing is getting the time off work, and having employers support you.

"Our volunteers really appreciate the employers that made this possible."

I think this medal is recognition of the people that pitched in and did so much work, not only for the 2010 and 2011 event, but again and again

Deployments also split families for a few weeks.

"First Carol went on deployment to Rockhampton, while I was still running Gladstone, then I went to Townsville," he said.

"We were all over the place - it gets like that."

Mr Savage has been an SES volunteer for nearly 30 years, while his wife has been involved for more than 20 years.

The local controller paid particular tribute to volunteers from Baffle Creek and Rosedale, who mainly worked in their own communities.

Baffle Creek was again hit in the latest floods, over Australia Day.

And Mr Savage said the same people had again stepped up to help their community.

"I think this medal is recognition of the people that pitched in and did so much work, not only for the 2010 and 2011 event, but again and again," he said.

"It's always the same people."

While recent floods in the region have seen a slight increase in volunteer numbers, Mr Savage said the service was always looking for more members.

Medal recipients:

Baffle Creek SES

• Margaret Eadie

• Annmarie Hendersen

• Kelvin Johnstone

• Garry Miller

• Marcus Webber

Calliope SES

• Mona Oliver

• Ronald William Cary

• Martin Murphy

• Martin O'Driscoll

• John Pickels

• Brian Pitt

• Leonard Quinn

• Bernadette Rainford

• Aaron Scott

• Tenielle Scott

• Bernard Simpson

• Gary Wode

Gladstone SES

• Michael Dean

• Raymond Fulloon

• Les Gordon

• Chris Jones

• Keith Rains

• Carol Savage

• Doug Savage

• Zeta Ware

• Stephen Withoos

Rosedale SES

• Jonathon Brown

• Vivian Brown

• Debbie Godfrey