Graham Kinder – Officer of the Year for the NSW SES

04/08/2017 10:30 PM

A big congratulations to NSW SES member Graham Kinder for winning NSW SES Officer of the Year, as part of the 2017 Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards.

Graham Kinder, NSW SES Windellama Unit Controller, was one of four finalists representing the NSW SES at the Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards, which were held in Bankstown on Friday 4th August 2017.

Both paid and volunteer Emergency Services personal from across New South Wales took part in the awards evening. The finalist recipients were from Fire and Rescue NSW, Marine Rescue NSW, NSW Ambulance, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Volunteer Rescue Organisation and last but not least the NSW State Emergency Service.

Graham Kinder, who was nominated for the award by his peers, lives two emergency service lives – one at Manly as NSW SES Deputy Local Controller, dealing with flooding, east-coast lows - and even a potential tsunami. The other at Windellama (near Goulburn) as SES Unit Controller and RFS President, Deputy Captain and Training Officer. Like all dedicated emergency workers, Graham has gone above and beyond the call of service, leading teams during floods from Goulburn to Murwillumbah, fighting fires in the Blue Mountains and facilitating Multi-Agency Leadership training across NSW. A foundation Tsunami Capability Development Group volunteer, Graham proposed development of Tsunami Awareness Training. Graham is a member of the Northern Beaches Council Flood and Coastal Storms Working Group and is a member of the SES Aviation Operations Team, diligently maintaining competency and training.

Joining Graham at the awards were three other finalists, nominated by their peers and selected by a panel of Rotarian representatives:

  • Gerard de Vries, NSW SES Wauchope Deputy Unit Controller
  • Marion Gill, NSW SES Kempsey Unit Controller, and;
  • Christopher Nelson, NSW SES Canterbury Deputy Local Controller.

Each of these volunteers have their own special passion for the NSW SES and that is reflected in the variety of roles they undertake and the dedication and professionalism with which they undertake them. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated.

For more information on how you can nominate someone in your team for the award visit or learn how you can become a NSW SES volunteer

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