Employers celebrated for support of emergency services

WA employers have been recognised for their support of emergency services volunteers.
WA employers have been recognised for their support of emergency services volunteers.

A host of Western Australian employers have been recognised for their generous support of emergency services volunteers.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) acknowledge businesses that go above and beyond to provide flexible working arrangements, enabling their staff to respond to emergencies during work hours.

A total of 58 businesses, organisations, and self-employed volunteers from across the State were celebrated at the 2022 VERA ceremony.

Three nominees - the City of Gosnells, Central Park Tower and Office National Broome - received distinctions for their outstanding support, which are awarded to businesses and organisations receiving their fifth VERA.

The City of Gosnells was honoured for continually backing five employees who regularly attend emergencies, not only in their local government area but across the State.

The property management team at Central Park Tower received a distinction for its continued support of volunteer bush fire brigades. For 14 years, Central Park Tower has provided staff with flexible working arrangements, paid leave to attend incidents, and donations of office furniture and equipment. 

Office National Broome was recognised for its support of its volunteers for the past 15 years, which includes providing a company vehicle to enable them to respond promptly to incidents and allowing them time off from work to attend training.

A second ceremony will be held in Albany later this month for Great Southern-based VERA recipients.

Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

"Congratulations to the 56 Western Australian businesses and organisations recognised for their invaluable support of emergency service volunteers.

"I'd also like to acknowledge the two self-employed volunteers who received VERAs for sacrificing day-to-day business needs to keep their communities safe.

"Every year more than 26,000 emergency services personnel volunteer their time across the State and many of them couldn't do this without the support of their employers.

"On behalf of the McGowan Government, congratulations and thank you for your support that helps keep the WA community safe."

2022 VERA Recipients

Award type  Business name  Region  
VERA  AFGRI Equipment Australia - Wongan Hills  Goldfields Midlands 
VERA  Australian Laboratory Services  Goldfields Midlands 
VERA  Northern Star Resources - Kalgoorlie Operations  Goldfields Midlands 
VERA  W Gibbs & Son   Goldfields Midlands 
VERA  Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting - Air Services Australia, Broome  Kimberley 
VERA  Department of Communities - West Kimberley District  Kimberley 
VERA  West Kimberley Regional Prison  Kimberley 
VERA  Derby District High School  Kimberley 
VERA  Derby Post Office  Kimberley 
VERA  Derby-Fitzroy Valley Health Service   Kimberley 
VERA  Fitzroy Crossing Hardware  Kimberley 
VERA  Horizon Power - Broome  Kimberley 
Distinction for Outstanding Support Office National Broome  Kimberley 
VERA  WA Country Health Service - Kimberley Region  Kimberley 
VERA  Elliott's Small Engines  Lower South-west 
VERA  Department of the Premier and Cabinet - Office of Digital Government  Metro north coastal 
VERA  Dorsett Retail - Electsales  Metro north coastal 
VERA  Iona Presentation College  Metro north coastal 
VERA  Mental Health Commission - Office of the Commissioner  Metro north coastal 
VERA  Piacentini & Son - Gingin, C Crew  Metro north coastal 
VERA  Railtrain Holdings Group - RMC Rail Services  Metro north coastal 
VERA  South Metropolitan Health Service - Peel Health Campus Transformation  Metro north coastal 
VERA  The Artisan Co.  Metro north coastal 
VERA  Autism Association  Metro north-east 
VERA  Belenus  Metro north-east 
VERA  C.H. Robinson - Perth  Metro north-east 
VERA  GR Engineering Services  Metro north-east 
VERA  K&S Freighters  Metro north-east 
VERA  MMA Offshore - Subsea Services  Metro north-east 
VERA  Salini Impregilo-NRW Joint Venture, Forrestfield Airport Link Project  Metro north-east 
VERA  TechBrain   Metro north-east 
VERA  AFGRI Equipment Australia - South Guildford  Metro north-east 
VERA (self employed)  A-Class Mechanical Services  Metro south coastal 
VERA  Aurizon - Kwinana Depot  Metro south coastal 
VERA  Goodstart Early Learning - WA Centre Support Office  Metro south coastal 
VERA  Public Transport Authority - Transwa Reservations Team  Metro south coastal 
VERA  Airwise Engineering  Metro south-east 
VERA  Carnac - Project Delivery Services  Metro south-east 
Distinction for Outstanding Support  Central Park Tower  Metro south-east 
Distinction for Outstanding Support  City of Gosnells  Metro south-east 
VERA  Delta Drone International   Metro south-east 
VERA  Hydrobiology  Metro south-east 
VERA  Jim's Tree & Stump Removal - Kelmscott  Metro south-east 
VERA  Kennards Hire - Midland  Metro south-east 
VERA  Lycopodium  Metro south-east 
VERA  McIntosh & Son  Metro south-east 
VERA  Penske Australia - Perth Branch  Metro south-east 
VERA  Service Stream Maintenance - Incident Response Service  Metro south-east 
VERA  SETS Enterprises  Metro south-east 
VERA  Snappy Gum Heritage Services  Metro south-east 
VERA  Tip Top Bakeries – Canning Vale  Metro south-east 
VERA  ZELVi Equipment   Metro south-east 
VERA  Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety  Midwest Gascoyne 
VERA (self employed)  Piper Lane Café  Midwest Gascoyne 
VERA  Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation - South Hedland  Pilbara 
VERA  Pilbara Meta Maya Group of Companies  Pilbara 
VERA  Water Corporation - Commercial and Industrial Services  Pilbara 
VERA  Bunnings - Australind  South-west