Council receives special commendation
Hawkesbury City Council has received a Special Commendation from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Supportive Employer Program. The NSW RFS Supportive Employer Program recognises the vital contribution employers make to the NSW RFS, especially by releasing volunteers to attend incidents and other NSW RFS activities during work hours.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett, feels the award is good recognition for Council its staff who volunteer with the RFS.
“I’m glad that we have staff and community members who, as RFS volunteers, readily assist the RFS and our community during times of fire,” the Mayor said.
“I’m sure it make us all proud to know that Council staff volunteer locally and further afield in various ways, be it with community organisations such as Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, State Emergency Services or RFS, it all helps our community, of which Council is indelibly a part.”
The primary aim of NSW RFS Supportive Employer Program is to recognise the contribution of the time given by volunteers, either self-employed or employed by a supporting organisation.
The program seeks to recognise and acknowledge the contribution of employers and self-employed volunteers, and aims to:
- acknowledge the significant contribution employers and self-employed volunteers make to the NSW RFS
- encourage employers to become more flexible and supportive of their employees when called upon to volunteer for the NSW RFS
- increase public awareness of, and appreciation for, the important role of NSW RFS volunteers and their employers.
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