August 15, 2012

Gold for Australia at emergency service awards

Pinjarra refinery in Western Australia (WA) won gold at the Fire and Emergency Service Authority’s annual Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards for keeping local communities safe by allowing employees to volunteer with emergency service organisations when a disaster occurs during work hours.
Employers nominated for the awards give employees the freedom to leave work and respond to emergencies whenever they are called upon, whether it is to assist with a marine rescue, bushfire, car crash or when storm, flood and cyclone damage occurs.
Pinjarra Refinery Manager Simon Pascoe attended the awards ceremony at Government House, Perth, and accepted the 2012 Gold Category award for Outstanding Support of Emergency Services Volunteering in WA. The award was presented by the Hon Minister for Emergency Services Troy Buswell.
Alcoa was nominated for the award by Integrated Managed Services contractor Ian Ruck. Ian is involved with the Mandurah Sea Rescue and highlighted the financial contributions and support provided by Alcoa to allow employees to attend emergency callouts and training for potential emergencies.
“We have many employees who volunteer in their own time for a variety of emergency service organisations, including a number of volunteer bush fire brigades,” said Mr Pascoe. 
“I am proud of our employees who contribute in this way to their communities and of Alcoa for supporting their efforts via a policy that allows paid leave for those assisting with emergency incidents.” 
The Volunteer Employer Recognition Program is the first formally accredited employer recognition program in Australia acknowledging employers of emergency service volunteers supported by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA.
Employers provide assistance to volunteers in other ways including:
  • Support for and willingness to release volunteers to attend special training held during work hours
  • Promotion of emergency services volunteering
  • Demonstrated commitment to community-friendly values
  • Provision of material support in extenuating circumstances, e.g. loan equipment, donation of goods or services.

Alcoa will celebrate its global employee volunteering program, Month of Service, in October which will see employees worldwide actively engage in community support activities throughout the month.
For more information please contact:
Nichola Holgate, Communications Manager, 0409 036 948 or 
Jane McGuire, Senior Communications Advisor, 0410 694 676 or
Fiona Bell, Pinjarra Community Relations Officer, 0404 800 240 or