Lawson business wins RFS award

Giving thanks: RFS Mountains chief David Jones with tyre service staff, Heather Helvie, owner Ray Rumble, Bruce Stuart and RFS Deputy Comm. Rob Rogers.

Giving thanks: RFS Mountains chief David Jones with tyre service staff, Heather Helvie, owner Ray Rumble, Bruce Stuart and RFS Deputy Comm. Rob Rogers.

A Lawson business has been honoured for supporting firefighting efforts.

Lawson Car Care and Tyre Service was one of a dozen across the state honoured by the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in 2018 for going above and beyond to assist their volunteer firefighter employees help the community. 

NSW RFS District Manager Superintendent David Jones said the supportive employers awards, given to 12 businesses at a special ceremony last Wednesday at RFS Sydney headquarters, was in recognition of their vital contribution to firefighting and emergency response efforts. 

The company received the award for their “ongoing support to firefighting efforts,” Superintendent Jones said.

“It recognises people who are helping the RFS and helping the community,” he added.

“Volunteer Heather Helvie, a member of the Hazelbrook Rural Fire Brigade, nominated her employer Lawson Car Care and Tyre Service, for their efforts supporting her and other employees who volunteer for the emergency services.”

Superintendent Jones said the Blue Mountains region was all too familiar with the risk and danger that bush fires pose.

“It is very pleasing to have local businesses understand and be very supportive of their employees who volunteer,” Superintendent Jones said.

“This support not only means a lot to the employees, but to the communities they protect as members of the NSW RFS.”

Superintendent Jones thanked all employers who support NSW RFS volunteers in the Blue Mountains region and further afield.

“Volunteers give so much of their own time to protect their local communities and those across the state, it means so much that employers support what they do,” Superintendent Jones said. 

The supportive employer program was launched in March 2013 to recognise the essential contribution employers make to the volunteering effort. Since then, 248 businesses have been presented with a certificate of appreciation and 72 have received a supportive employers award.

The other 2018 NSW RFS Supportive Employer Special Commendation recipients are:

  • Allam Homes
  • Canon Australia
  • Citadel Technology Solutions
  • Collier and Miller
  • Elders - Walgett
  • Mars Petcare Australia
  • Overall Photography Mid North Coast
  • Peabody Wilpinjong Coal Mine
  • Roads and Maritime Services Russell Vale Laboratory
  • Sliced Tech
  • Tatham Poultry