Sunshine Coast local celebrated as Queensland SES 'storm hero'

Jared Ashcroft from Maleny SES, is this year’s individual Winner of the 2012 NRMA Insurance Storm Hero awards for his selfless devotion to his community over the past year. The Maleny SES narrowly missed out on additionally winning the group award.
An awards ceremony was held in Maleny this morning with officials representatives in attendance from NRMA and the Queensland Department of Community Safety to officially present the award surrounded by Jared’s family and colleagues from the Maleny SES and Rural Bush Fire Brigade.
NRMA Insurance Community and Sustainability Specialist  Lee McDougall  said the Storm Heroes Awards, now in their for the year, celebrate hard-working SES volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
“Jared was nominated by a member of the community, Lyn Frencham of Montville. This is the first time that a nomination has been received from a member of the public. Lyn literally sleeps better at night knowing he is there and looking out for the community. Jared is well known and respected throughout the town and is always ready to help, whether is be a storm, fire or road accident.
“SES Volunteers give generously of themselves, particularly when severe weather hits. Jared’s contribution to his community is significant and extraordinary, and we are proud to recognise him for his efforts,” said Ms McDougall.

Lee McDougall (Community & Sustainability Specialist – NRMA Insurance), Pamyla O’Connor (Group Leader – Maleny SES), Jared Ashcroft (Field Operations Member and Trainer – Maleny SES), Peter Twomey (Regional Director – SES), Lyn Frencham (Award Nominator – Montville)

Lyn, who has known Jared since his day’s in high school, has a long time association with the SES through the need to utilise their services on numerous occasions.  Her home is susceptible to extreme weather events and Jared is proactive in providing support in advance.
“He well deserves the award, not only his work with the SES but also involvement with many other community activities. Jared gives his time freely and I know that the Maleny community appreciates what he does. I also know that the Maleny Community appreciates all the hard work that the SES and the Rural Fire Brigade does.”
Group Leader for Maleny SES, Pamyla O’Connor said Jared has always been an enthusiastic, valuable member of the unit and has been volunteering since he turned 18.
“Jared sets a really good example and new members look up to him and want to emulate him. I wish I had half a dozen like Jared. He is always looking for things that we can do better, smarter and safer. This is reflected through all his community work,” said Ms O’Connor.
The NRMA has also assisted the Maleny SES through their grants programs. These grants have assisted in the purchase of valuable equipment such as battery powered emergency lighting.