November 08, 2019
Alcoa recognised for emergency service volunteer support
Alcoa has again been recognised for its support for emergency services during Western Australia’s 2019 Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards.
The company’s Huntly Bauxite Mine, east of North Dandalup, received a Bronze Award for its support of employees who volunteer for emergency services. It’s Willowdale Bauxite Mine, further south, received a Gold Award last year for providing similar support.
The awards, in their 11th year, celebrate the invaluable contribution employers make by supporting emergency services volunteers to respond to incidents day and night. Alcoa was among 79 employers and self-employed volunteers from across WA recognised this year.
Alcoa employee and Mandurah Marine Rescue volunteer John Jones said he nominated Huntly Bauxite Mine for the award because he had support to leave work at short notice to attend emergency call outs.
Mr Jones said he appreciated the willingness of Alcoa to accommodate his attendance at incidents to assist community members during work time.
Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said the awards were an important way to acknowledge businesses and organisations, like Alcoa, who support emergency services volunteers to help keep their communities safe.
"It cannot be an easy task to have an employee away from work, but these employers recognise how important volunteering is to community safety and that disasters can strike at any time,” Mr Logan said.
Alcoa Huntly Bauxite Mine Manger Brett Hodges said giving back to communities, including through volunteering, was a big part of Alcoa’s culture and makeup.
As well as supporting emergency services, Alcoa has a dedicated year-round program that allows employees to volunteer for other worthy causes.
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