Western Australia

Record number of WA businesses recognised

A record 91 businesses have been recognised for their vital role in supporting emergency service volunteers.

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

In 2017 there has been a 35 per cent increase in the number of organisations acknowledged with nearly half of the recipients recognised in the gold category and 18 self-employed volunteers honoured.

ASC Pty Ltd, a gold category recipient, received multiple nominations from employees who volunteer with Baldivis Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

The support from ASC Pty Ltd included paid time off to attend incidents, trade assistance in manufacturing equipment for the station and fundraising support for emergency services.

Source: WA Government