Stirling sailors enjoy giving back to their community

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Charities, Fundraising & Community

(L-R) CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calderbank at the annual City of Rockingham Volunteer recognition ceremony. (photo: Unknown)
(L-R) CPO Calum Blake, CPO Gavin Kemp and CPO Jeff Calderbank at the annual City of Rockingham Volunteer recognition ceremony.

Personnel posted to HMAS Stirling continue to give back to their community, even when they are not wearing the uniform of the Royal Australian Navy. For three senior sailors at the Western Australian establishment, when time permits, they like to keep busy and continue on the theme of a dynamic and interesting career by contributing their spare time as volunteer firefighters.

These volunteers are just a few of the HMAS Stirling based service and civilian personnel who spend their spare time supporting the community, in this case as part of the City of Rockingham Brigades of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

With a combined firefighting experience of more than 15 years, their commitment to the community is truly established. Flexibility afforded by Navy in their normal workplace allows them to maintain both passions.

“The uncertainty of when and what could happen always keeps you on edge,” said Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Chef, submariner Jeff Calderbank from the Submarine Force Headquarters.

“Thanks to Navy’s commitment to community engagement activities, we are able to provide our commitment to DFES. 

“We constantly participate in training with DFES who heavily invest in their volunteers.

“In turn we can confidently advise DFES of our availability to assist in civil emergency situations should the need arise,” CPO Calderbank said.

“It’s a satisfying way of truly integrating in the community; which is the home of our families.”

For people living in Western Australia, DFES are constantly on standby to assist in an emergency and are supported by trained and committed volunteers like these three sailors.

Further information, warnings and community safety information can be found on the DFES website www.dfes.wa.gov.au