Premier's Award

SIRENS Newsletter - 23rd September 2002

The Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr, recently invited emergency service representatives to higher Government House to participate in the inaugural presentation of the NSW Premier's Emergency Award.

This new award has been developed to acknowledge the significant contributions made by individual members or special units to the community or their organisation.

The Ambulance Service was represented by CEO Greg Rochford, General Manager, Operations Steve Whinfield, Sydney Divisional Manager Eric Marks and myself.

The following nominees were recognised by the Premier for their contributions and were the inaugural recipients of this Award.

Individual Award:
Bill Watson
For conducting "Billy B Safe" in Sydney (a miniature ambulance used for display purposes) for the past 14 years and being idolised by children.
Graham Symes (2nd from left in photo)
For being instrumental in establishing and conducting the Traffic Offenders Program.
Unit Award:
Colyton Ambulance Station
For conducting community first aid lectures. For staff interest and involvement in the operational performance of the Station.
Ceremonial Guard of Newcastle
For their voluntary contribution to the community. The Guard has raised the profile of the Ambulance Service, especially in the Hunter area.
George Smith
Acting Tactical Support Manager