I am proud to announce Deborah Sharp the Deputy Captain of Engadine Rural Fire Brigade as one of 24 NSW finalists for the 2018 Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards.

I thank Mrs Sharp for her dedication and commitment to our community over her 14 years of volunteer service and wish her all the best for the Awards Presentation Dinner when the winners will be announced.

Finalists come from the following emergency services agencies:

· Fire & Rescue NSW;
· NSW Ambulance;
· NSW Rural Fire Service;
· NSW State Emergency Service;
· Marine Rescue NSW; and
· NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.

These awards celebrate the outstanding commitment, sacrifice and spirit of service. As a community it is important that we take the time to acknowledge and thank volunteers and personnel who give so much of themselves and ask so little in return.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced the creation of a $1,000 Dorothy Hennessy Emergency Services Youth scholarship for a volunteer aged up to 21 for training and educational materials or equipment. This scholarship celebrates our young volunteers and honours the outstanding contribution of an individual in providing support to their community.

Commissioners from the NSW SES, NSW RFS, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association will each nominate an outstanding individual for consideration of the scholarship. A Rotary NSW panel will determine the most deserving candidate.

Winners for each service, plus two special winners for NSW, and the young volunteer will be announced at an Awards Presentation Dinner, at the Bankstown Sports Club on 1 June 2018.

Family, friends, supporters and the general public are invited to attend the presentation dinner. Tickets can purchased at: www.RotaryESCawards.org.au