INTRODUCTION

Four Rotary Clubs in the Shoalhaven - Berry, Bomaderry, Milton-Ulladulla and Nowra - are pleased to promote  the “Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community Awards (SESCA)”.

OBJECTIVES

In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the Awards acknowledge community service of NSW Police and Emergency Services personnel in the Shoalhaven; with profits, if any, applied to:

  1. Australian Rotary Health - PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel; and

  2. Local community projects to be determined by the participating Rotary Clubs.

 

ABOUT THE AWARDS

While individual services have specific internal awards, the Shoalhaven Emergency Services Community Awards (SESCA) is the only time that New South Wales Emergency Services personnel, both paid and volunteer, are recognised in a combined awards program in this local government area. This program contributes directly to the State awards program.

This year, we welcome Surf Lifesaving New South Wales as a 'combat arm' of the Emergency Services band; SLS was granted this recognition in late 2019 .

These awards are supported by the Minister for Emergency Services, the Police Commissioner and all six New South Wales Emergency Service Commissioners.  The Commissioners have delegated their support to their respective local government area representatives. 

These Awards are open to all Shoalhaven-based personnel, both paid and volunteer, from the NSW Police and Emergency Service Agencies in the Shoalhaven:

·      Fire and Rescue New South Wales

·      New South Wales Rural Fire Service

·      Marine Rescue New South Wales

·      New South Wales State Emergency Service

·      New South Wales Ambulance

       Surf Lifesaving New South Wales

·      New South Wales Police 

While the NSW Police have a separate Rotary award, they will become a part of this scheme in the Shoalhaven, with the winner going into the State Police Rotary Award.

This is the second year that the Awards have been organised in the Shoalhaven local government area, the category winners of which will automatically go forward as nominees for the respective State Awards.

We are very honoured to have the Mayor of the Shoalhaven as Patron of the Awards and Dr Peter Taylor as the project’s official Ambassador.  Peter is a past winner at State level for Marine Rescue NSW.

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