Australian Emergency Services Community Awards
The Emergency Service Community Awards are designed to recognise our emergency service personnel who have reflected the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”.
Emergency Services Community Awards patrons:
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and
Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley
2019 National Winners - click here
Nominations Closed for 2020
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Please select your state to learn more about Rotary Emergency Service Community Awards in your state or territory
Currently only ACT and NSW take part
Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) ask the Community to help us recognise outstanding Community Service performed by paid and volunteer members of Emergency Service Agencies through the Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA)
Rotary is seeking the unsung heroes in your communities that are often the quiet achievers, never asking for recognition but making a significant difference in your community.
Emergency Service Personnel can be nominated by colleague, family and any members of the community. Panels of independent judges will then assess nominees on three (3) key criteria:
- Community service over and above the call of normal duties which best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self (i.e. community involvement when they are not working in their normal roles).
- Personal attributes
- Contribution to their organisation
Nominations when open are submitted by selecting the nomination button below
NOMINATIONS for 2020 now closed
2019 National Winners
ANTHONY WALLER – Superintendent, Zone Commander – Illawarra - Winner in Paid Capacity
Anthony Waller, a Superintendent with Fire and Rescue NSW, based in the Illawarra, has never been far from saving lives. In 2001 he was both the Sydney and NSW Lifesaver of the Year, and is presently education director and board member of Surf Life Saving NSW. But his professional input has been on that other hazard, fire. He has been a firefighter for 38 years, more than 20 of them as a firefighter educator. Among his operations, he was a team leader in an Australian earthquake task force in Christchurch. In 2017 he was Operations Officer in a NSW cyclone taskforce in Proserpine, Queensland. In the same year he was Base Manager in a flood evacuation operation the northern NSW.
PAUL MARSHALL – Captain of the Albury and Border Rescue Squad – Albury - Winner in Volunteer Capacity
Paul, a serving member of the Victoria Police Highway Patrol, is the captain of the Albury and Border Rescue Squad in the NSW VRA. He has promoted interagency cooperation locally, sharing his knowledge of how vehicles react to crashes and the investigative process that follows. He is also involved in the management of emergencies and critical incidents, bushfire awareness and frontline management. In 2017, he was part of a team that travelled to Vanuatu, teaching the local rescuers skills such as road crash rescue, vertical and swift water rescue. Once the job is done, he always actively checks on the welfare of rescuers and the victims involved.
Beneficiary of Awards
Australian Rotary Health
PhD Research Scholarship into PTSD in Emergency Services Workers
Emergency Service officers are regularly exposed to traumatic events, which they can repeatedly re-experience through nightmares or flashbacks. It is estimated that 10 per cent of current emergency service workers have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The first set of national guidelines for the treatment and diagnosis of PTSD in frontline emergency service workers was recently released by a group of Australian clinicians and researchers. The guidelines explore how to treat PTSD in emergency workers and reduce symptoms, as well as the best ways to ensure the person can be transitioned back to work.
To complement these initiatives, Australian Rotary Health has announced it will be co-funding with Rotary District 9675 (funding provided by RESCA), a Funding Partner PhD Scholarship for research into PTSD in emergency services.
Further research will look at in-depth ways workers experience PTSD and alleviate the mental health burden on our emergency services.
Latest information on PhD sholarship can be found here
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