Marine rescue vollie lauded for leadership

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Port Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue commander Zac Slaughter.
Camera IconPort Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue commander Zac Slaughter.

A Port Hedland man has been recognised for his tireless efforts in rebuilding the town’s Volunteer Marine Rescue service.

Zachary Slaughter has been nominated for the Department of Fire and Emergency Service Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in recognition of his work as the commander of the Port Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue.

Mr Slaughter said the VMRresponded to any emergency at sea within their operational limits including broken-down boats, overboard rescues and other distress calls.

He joined the Hedland branch of the service in 2013 and has spent the time rebuilding the service from the handful of members when he joined to having 35 active volunteers on the books. “We recruited a couple of our mates and slowly, but surely people in town started volunteering,” he said. “They wanted to increase their marine knowledge, come out and do rescues and be a part of a community group.”

Mr Slaughter said the service was very much a team effort and he relied heavily on the other members for support.

“I work a full-time job in the railway up here, and when I’m not working, I’m down here at the rescue service,” he said.

“I try to be out on the water, running this organisation, training, recruiting new members, and doing our community days.”

The awards will be presented on September 7 at the Fire and Emergency Services Awards Gala in Perth.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails