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Winners Are Grinners!

2012 VICSES Central Region Awards Dinner


The glittering event at the Mulgrave Country Club

Last night (21/07/2012) at the Mulgrave Country Club in Wheelers Hill, more than 200 people from many varying backgrounds, many of whom may never have met under normal circumstances, joined together, to celebrate the single common ground that unites them all, they are all proud, VICSES volunteers.


Smiles all around at the Chelsea table last night (21/07/2012)

The awards night recognises service achievement by both individual volunteer members and individual units and last night VICSES Chelsea could very proudly say; winners are grinners!


Dean receiving his 5 year Service Award

A number of members were recognised for long service, Dean Hard, John Hudgson, Phil Wall and Damian Kemp (unable to attend) received 5 year service certificates and Daniel Alpel received his 20 year service medal which is a fantastic achievement.


Phil receiving his 5 year Service Award, 10 years next year.


John receiving his 5 year Service Award


Daniel receiving his fantastic 20 year Service Medal


Over 200 people with one thing in common

The best was still yet to come for Chelsea. With only a handful of awards left to present, it was time for the ‘Regional managers Unit Achievement Award’. This award covers many aspects of SES work including operational, community and public relations associated involvement


Proud Chelsea Controller, Ron Fitch as the winner was announced

It is to recognise a VICSES Unit that has gone above and beyond, in any or all of these areas, for what would normally be asked of its members through local, first hand events as well as supporting roles to other neighbouring SES Units. VICSES Central Region manager, Ray Jasper, then made the announcement that the winner was Chelsea. Over the past 2 years, Chelsea has assisted at every major weather event across not only Central Region, but right across the State of Victoria and even some interstate deployments, which is a record that every member can, and should, be very proud of.

Central Region manager said "some of the discussions around the Chelsea being named the eventual winner of the award included: 

  • Chelsea during Jan/Feb 2011floods in the Western and North Western had a crew response outside Region for 6 weeks solid
  • Chelsea has provided a crew to every significant event within Victoria ( numbering 11) in the past 18 months. Gippsland, North East, North West and Mid west areas
  • Chelsea has provided a crew every time asked to support Units within Central amounting to 14 assists of full crew and hence over 1800 volunteer hours
  • This on top of doing the jobs in the local area supporting the local community with excellent response
  • Overall in the past 18 month we estimate Chelsea volunteers have done over 5000 hours operational time in support of the community of Victoria. A great effort".
  • (This time is of course in addition to training, fundraising events and PR events)


Ron accepting the award for Chelsea Unit

For a number of reasons, there was no awards dinner last year, so last night’s function was to recognise achievements throughout 2010 -2011 as well as 2011-2012.A highlight of the evening was Ray’s presentation of his memorable moment of the past 2 years. Chelsea members began to be known as Chelsea Everywhere, with pictures of Chelsea Rescue 3 in locations spreading across the country. The scope became even greater when they began to look like International Rescue  with this shot of Chelsea Rescue 3 at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Chelsea Rescue 3 spotted on patrol in Coffs checking out Australia's biggest trip hazard.


Chelsea  Rescue 3 or is it Thunderbird 3 as Chelsea became International Rescue in Paris

Now that’s dedication to duty, maybe traffic control for the Tour De France?


Time to celebrate

It was also recognised last night, that Chelsea is in fact the oldest VICSES Unit, starting life as Chelsea Civil Defence in 1953 making next year, 2013, our Diamond Jubilee, so watch this space for details of our 60 year birthday celebrations.


Congratulations Chelsea; The Best of the Best; and now it's official!

All in all, a fantastic night was had by all of the members that attended, but the final word must be reserved for Chelsea Unit Controller, Ron Fitch, who himself celebrates 20 years service next year. Ron accepted the award like a proud Father and I don’t think that the smile has left his face since the announcement. Although the award recognises every member of the unit, every ship must have a Captain and Ron has worked tirelessly for the Chelsea Unit for so long to take it to the next level and last night’s award simply reinforced what we already know;  that Chelsea is the place to be!

Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 July 2012 16:36)