The following statement was read into Parliament today by the Emergency Services Minister, Hon Fran Logan MLA.


Statement by Minister for Emergency Services


I rise to inform the house of the deserving Western Australians in the fire and emergency services area in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours list. In no particular order, I would like to congratulate Frank Rankin, who received the Australian Fire Service Medal. Mr Rankin joined the Byford Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade in 1991 and has been key to making the brigade a thriving hub for its volunteers. He has been the brigade’s secretary for 27 years and the fire control officer for 14 years. He has been an enthusiastic mentor and has delivered outstanding service across his 28 years as a volunteer firefighter and is held in the highest regard.

Next is Sandra Lymbery, who received the Emergency Service Medal. Ms Lymbery is a beloved member of the Coral Bay community and has been with the local volunteer marine rescue group for 18 years. She has put 16 years into the local volunteer fire and emergency service and is also a driver with the local St John Ambulance unit. Ms Lymbery is a dependable first point of contact for all emergencies within the Coral Bay area and is frequently relied upon to coordinate multiple volunteer emergency services during incidents. She has played a key role in increasing the number of women volunteering in the area, and her experience, commitment, reputation and work ethic are to be applauded.

The other recipient of the Emergency Service Medal is Phillip Rance, a stalwart of Mandurah’s State Emergency Service unit. During more than 30 years of frontline service, he has held a variety of positions, including field search controller, section leader and training manager, and he is currently deputy manager. Mr Rance has trained more than 500 SES volunteers from the Mandurah and Murray SES units and is a strong advocate for encouraging young people to join, with age-specific training programs for cadets and younger members.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Gregory Broomhall from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service for receiving the Australian Fire Service Medal.

The SPEAKER: Hear, hear! He is an Albany boy.

Mr F. LOGAN: Mr Broomhall has had a distinguished career in fire management for 43 years and this is an extraordinary contribution to the WA community.

I am sure that everyone in this house will join me in acknowledging the recipients for their ongoing commitment to emergency services and to keeping the people of Western Australia safe.

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