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Wesley Mission awarded as supportive employer by Rural Fire Service

3 July 2015 Wesley Mission news

Wesley Mission awarded supportive employer by Rural Fire Service

Wesley Mission has been acknowledged with an award under the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Supportive Employers Program. The NSW RFS Supportive Employers Program recognises businesses who generously grant volunteers leave to attend emergency incidents during work hours without financial disadvantage.

Mathew Shoesmith works at Wesley Vocational Institute (WVI) and has also been in the RFS for 20 years. He is now Captain of Ourimbah RFS.

Wesley Mission's Len Graham said Mathew has attended many motor vehicle accidents, fires, airbase operations as well as storm and flood recovery operations while being employed at Wesley Mission.

“Mat has attended these incidents and either was delayed getting to work or left work early over a number of occasions,” he said. “As his employer Wesley Mission is very happy to support Mathew in this vital, life-saving work.”

At a recent award ceremony in the Mountain Ash Room at NSW RFS headquarters Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons presented Len Graham with the award.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons thanked all employers who support NSW RFS volunteers, noting that having workers off tools or away from the office can be challenging.

“I know having staff called away, sometimes for extended periods, puts pressure on workplace productivity and I would like to sincerely thank those employers who provide leave to NSW RFS volunteers,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“Just like the volunteers who jump on trucks, operate radios and feed hundreds of responding firefighters and emergency service workers, employers who support volunteers make a very direct contribution to frontline firefighting efforts in NSW.”