Rotary Emergency Service Community Awards

Rotary Districts of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) are asking the NSW Communities to help us recognise outstanding Community Service performed by paid and volunteer members of NSW Emergency Service Agencies through the Rotary Districts of NSW Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA)
Rotary is seeking the unsung heroes in your communities that are often the quiet achievers, never asking for recognition but making a significant difference in your community.
Any member of the public can nominate one or more individuals from the following seven Emergency Services Agencies:

Fire & Rescue NSW
Marine Rescue NSW
Surf Life Saving NSW
VRA Rescue NSW
NSW Ambulance
NSW Rural Fire Service
NSW State Emergency Service
  • Each nomination is judged separately and not based on the number of nominations received for the person. 
  • A winner of these Awards previously as a Volunteer of the Year and/or Officer in a Paid Capacity is ineligible to be nominated. 
  • A finalist in these Awards is ineligible to be nominated again within a period of five years. 
  • A nominee not selected as a finalist can be nominated again and in the following year. 
  • Each finalist must attend at the Awards Ceremony to accept the Award in person (COVID permitting).

Important Dates:

Nominations Open:     Wednesday 1 March 2023
Nominations Close:     Sunday 30 April 2023
Announcement of Finalists: Wednesday 13 June 2023
Awards Dinner:             Saturday 12 August 2023



Included within the Awards program is the Dorothy Hennessy Emergency Services Youth scholarship of $1,000 for a volunteer from age 18 to 25 for further career development opportunities or further training.
The awards acknowledge and celebrate the selfless Community Service of Emergency Services Personnel whilst also supporting and funding two important Rotary initiatives:
  • Australian Rotary Health – PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel
  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness training by a competitively selected Vocational Training Team connected with a developing country in the Asia/Pacific Region