Members of Casino's Voluntary Rescue Association honoured
FIVE inaugural members of Casino's Voluntary Rescue Association (VRA) were recently presented with long service awards by Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan.
"Since the VRA was founded in Casino 35 years ago, these five members have served our community rescuing countless numbers of people in sometimes horrific conditions," Mr Hogan said.
The five recipients and wives of the long service award winners are Brian and Daphne Boyd, Eric and Margaret Box, Bill and Kay Evans, Noel and Jenny Ball and Phil and Karen Cornish.
VRA president Ross Haynes said partners of members are always recognised because of the crucial support they give the members.
He said the Casino Rescue Squad was established 35 years ago by a group of like-minded people who wanted to help the community by rescuing people trapped in motor vehicle accidents.
The squad is also accredited as vertical and swift water rescuers and carry out search and rescues.
Mr Hogan said members of the VRA were often called upon by the police as far away as Byron Bay and Nambucca Heads.
"As first responders to an emergency, the work the VRA does is literally life-saving, and we should be proud that we have such dedicated volunteers in our community," Mr Hogan said.
The VRA, which receives a small State Government grant, mostly relies on fundraising to support its activities.
Casino's Voluntary Rescue Association has 16 active members
They are always looking for new members who can be trained and accredited in rescue techniques
The squad is also accredited as vertical and swift water rescuers and carry out search and rescues
People are also needed to help with fundraising and administration work
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