SES rewarded for rescue efforts

IPSWICH'S SES volunteers have been rewarded for their selfless rescue efforts during the floods.

The group received the Regional Operational Response of the Year accolade at Wednesday night's SES south east Queensland awards at Springwood.

Emergency Management Queensland regional director Eddie Bennet said the Ipswich unit worked around the clock in the weeks leading into and following the worst flooding the city has experienced since 1974.

"During October 2010, the Ipswich City unit responded to calls for assistance every day," he said.

"Through the January flooding period, the unit worked 24 hours a day for almost four weeks performing evacuations and rescues, providing support in local evacuation centres and assisting with clean up efforts.

"Their efforts are a true example of the selfless contributions made by the region's SES volunteers."

Several volunteers from Ipswich and surrounding areas also received individual awards.

Winners of the regional awards have been nominated for the SES Week State awards which will be presented at a ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday, November 13.



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