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Volunteers recognised at VERSP ceremony

Last month as part of SAFECOM's successful Volunteer and Employer Recognition and Support Program (VERSP), 30 people were presented with awards and certificates for the important role they play in the community.

Volunteers from the CFS and SES as well as Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) were recognised at a ceremony at West Beach which was attended by SAFECOM Chief Executive, David Place, Minister for Volunteers, the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP and Dr Duncan McFettridge MP, State Member for Morphett.

Since beginning in Port Lincoln in February 2008, about 3700 emergency service volunteers have been invited to VERSP presentations at eight different locations across the State. SAFECOM Chief Executive David Place says  the ceremonies are a great way to thank those that give up their time to help others.

"The VERSP program is our way of saying thank you to those self-employed volunteers and understanding bosses who allow their staff to regularly 'down tools' to help others", he said.

"Without the support of their employers, these volunteers would have far fewer opportunities to get involved."

All up about 120 people attended the event with nine self-employed awards and 21 employer awards presented on the night.

David Place - VERSP November 2009 Award Winners - VERSP November 2009

David Place congratulates the Sea Rescue Squadron.                VERSP award winners, November 2009.

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