ESA members celebrated for their long service

Released 01/11/2019

Forty one members of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) are being awarded with National Medals and clasps for their long and diligent service to the ACT community.

The National Medal acknowledges the long service and dedication of those who have volunteered with, or are an employee with ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire and Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service or the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES).

Each member who will receive the National Medal has served for at least 15 years. Clasps were also presented to members for each additional 10 years of service.

One of the members being recognised for dedication to protecting the community is Mr Graham Ible ESM, Operations Capability Coordinator and Deputy Chief Officer for ACTSES.

While serving in the Australian Defence Force for 20 years, Graham volunteered with the local State Emergency Service (SES) wherever he was deployed.

His first involvement began in May 1982, when he joined the South Australian SES.

Graham has since volunteered with New South Wales SES and ACTSES. He became a permanent employee with ACTSES in 2003.

He has committed an outstanding 13,279 days to serving his community and says it’s the teamwork, community and culture that matters, not the medals or the pay.

Graham was also awarded the Emergency Services Medal in 2007 and recently received the National Emergency Medal in recognition of his significant service during the December 2010 – January 2011 Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. This nationally significant emergency destroyed almost everything in its path and claimed 33 lives.

Thank you to each member of the ESA who remain committed to the delivery of emergency services even through difficult and dangerous situations.

The list of recipients can be found here:

Media are welcome to attend the ceremony this evening.

WHAT: ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) National Medal Ceremony 2019
DATE: Friday 1 November 2019
TIME: 4pm
WHERE: Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum

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