Scope awards Fire Rescue Victoria Community accolade

Scope will present Fire Rescue Victoria Sunshine Fire Station C Platoon with its annual Community ‘Do it Right Award’ for outstanding commitment to supporting people with disability.

The Community award is an acknowledgement of their role and exemplary actions as first responders to a flooding incident that occurred in early 2020 at a supported independent living home for people with disability in St Albans.

“During a stressful time, the platoon was very calm, compassionate, and respectful; it was clear that the safety and wellbeing of people with disability was their priority,” shared Katherine Hamblyn, Scope Area Manager for the West Melbourne region.

“They helped move furniture and spent several hours mopping to ensure the safety of the residents and minimise damage to Scope buildings.

Most importantly, they sought to communicate with residents in a manner that was reassuring and calm,” she added.

The Scope Community ‘Do it Right’ Award is presented to individuals, teams, community groups and organisations that truly demonstrate the Scope Approach, a set of values that represent a commitment to provide outstanding services to people with disability and their families.

In presenting the Award on behalf of Scope, resident Irene Kwong said that she was grateful for the help provided by C Platoon.

“My personal thanks to the crew members who moved my bed to House 1, on the evening. The Platoon were very kind and helpful. They reassured us and made us feel safe”.

Deputy Commissioner David Bruce said Fire Rescue Victoria was proud to serve Victoria’s diverse communities.

“Our firefighters don’t do what they do for thanks, but it’s always nice when the community recognises our work.

“I’m incredibly proud of the diligent and caring actions of the Sunshine C Platoon crew and I commend them for their efforts.”


About Scope

At Scope, we see the person. Our mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

We are one of Australia’s leading providers of support services for adults and children with disabilities, autism or developmental delays. We work with corporate and community organisations to create a more inclusive society for people with a disability.


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