Water Force WA recognised for service to the community
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has extended a special thankyou to local business Water Force WA...
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has extended a special thankyou to local business Water Force WA for its contribution to keeping the community safe during bushfire emergencies.
Water Force WA is owned by resident Don Hollis, who is also the Captain of the Serpentine Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. The company operates a fleet of water tankers which are regularly deployed by Water Force WA employees to help fight bushfires across the Shire and beyond.
Firefighting water within the tankers is supplied at no cost to the Shire and its residents.
For demonstrating exceptional support to the community, Water Force WA was recently presented with a prestigious Volunteer Employer Recognition Award from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). The award recognises employers who allow their staff to leave work to attend emergencies.
Based in Serpentine, Water Force WA received the highest level of recognition as a Gold Award recipient.
Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said Water Force WA demonstrated exceptional commitment to helping protect homes and property under threat from bushfires.
“The contribution of local businesses like Water Force WA highlights the level of community spirit within the Shire and shows how our residents pull together when the going gets tough,” Cr Rich said.
“We’re incredibly lucky to live in an area where so many people take an active role in helping keep the community safe in emergency situations.
“On behalf of the Shire, I would like to extend our congratulations to Water Force WA for receiving a Volunteer Employer Recognition Award and reaffirm the community’s appreciation of their efforts.”
Cr Rich also reminded residents to be diligent in preparing for the threat of bushfires this summer.
“The Shire is blessed with vast and beautiful natural landscapes that integrate with suburban neighbourhoods. As we enter summer, the dangers posed by bushfires to people, property and nature are top of mind,” she said.
“The Shire works throughout the year to build the community’s resilience to bushfires and other natural disasters, and a key part of that effort is the support offered by individuals and local businesses.”
Water Force WA Directors Julie and Don Hollis with DFES commissioner Darren Klemm