‘Young leader who recognises the value of hard work’

Shaun Farmer, centre, has been named NSW State Emergency Service young volunteer of the year.
Shaun Farmer, centre, has been named NSW State Emergency Service young volunteer of the year.

LAMBTON’S 17-year-old Shaun Farmer has been named the NSW State Emergency Service young volunteer of the year.

Named the recipient at a ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney on Tuesday the Minister for Emergency Services, David Elliott, said Shaun was a ‘‘young leader who recognises the value of community participation, hard work and camaraderie’’.

Shaun has been a member of the Newcastle SES Unit for two years and responded to numerous emergency callouts to assist the community.

He participated in a NSW SES cadet program at Lambton High School in 2013 and led a successful team at the fire cadet championships that same year.

As part of his training, Shaun has also completed courses in Storm and Water Damage Response, Swift Water Awareness, Rescue, Communications and First Aid.

The  award recognises the contribution of a volunteer aged between 16 and 25 who has demonstrated a commitment to learning and contributed as a member of a NSW SES unit or region.