August 10, 2010

Gold Award for FESA Volunteer Support

Alcoa has received a Gold Award at the WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) Volunteer Employer Recognition Program Awards.

Alcoa allows its employees, who volunteer with emergency services, time away from work when the need arises to help protect the community.  The company also runs two employee volunteer programs ACTION and Bravo! which match employee volunteer hours with financial grants to community organisations. This investment is in addition to Alcoa’s regular partnership program which each year sees about $5 million invested in community partnerships in the regions where the company operates.

FESA’s Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward, who presented the Awards, said it was more important than ever to recognise the employers who stand behind FESA’s emergency services volunteers.

“In the past twelve months, WA has been shaken, battered and burnt by some of the worst natural disasters in recent history,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.

“During these times of extraordinary circumstances, hundreds of employers allow our emergency services volunteers to take time off work to help their local communities.”

Ms Harrison-Ward said the role of employers is just as important as those who volunteer.

“Employers give volunteers the ability to leave paid work and respond instantly when the community needs them,” she said.

“Many employers take it one step further by providing resources, equipment and financial support, as well as promoting volunteering.

“This is in spite of the disruption to workplaces and customers,” she said.

Alcoa Wagerup Refinery employee Vaughn Byrd is a Harvey bush fire services volunteer and said: “There’s great rapport between the company and those employees who volunteer for local emergency management teams.”

“Alcoa’s support is second-to-none and this award is well deserved,” he said.