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Firefighting Awards

Firefighters’ fierce efforts celebrated at annual awards

The 2016 Firefighter Awards ceremony took place on Sunday 11 September at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, recognising volunteer and career firefighters as far north as Onslow through to Gibson in the Great Southern.

Station Officer Stuart Parks walked over 1000 kilometres to promote mental health awareness in emergency services, and joined a group of Western Australian firefighters who were recognised for their outstanding contribution to protecting the community.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson presented the awards and commended the recipients’ dedication to serving and protecting their communities.

“The emergency services were placed under immense pressure last bushfire season, responding to a number of large-scale and complex fires under challenging conditions,” Commissioner Gregson said.

“Firefighters responded to these incidents with a high level of professionalism and skills, and are to be commended for their outstanding efforts to protect life and properties.

“The recipients acknowledged at the awards ceremony have gone above and beyond their call of duty and are exemplary role models for their fellow brigade members and the wider community.”

The Western Australian Firefighter Awards for 2016:

WA Career Fire and Rescue Service Award

Stuart Parks, Midland Career Fire and Rescue Service

Following the tragic suicide of a close firefighting colleague, Stuart completed a gruelling seven week, 1000 kilometres trek along the Bibbulmun Track to increase awareness of mental health in emergency services and to raise money for Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute. Stuart also dedicates a large amount of his time to training his dog, Ivy with the aim for her to become part of the Urban Search and Rescue unit.

Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award

Blake Halford, Gibson Bush Fire Brigade

Blake has been a member of the Gibson Bush Fire Brigade for over 15 years, being a driving force in coordinating the expansion and refurbishment of the fire station. Blake was also recognised for his outstanding efforts last bushfire season, where he spent over 200 hours on the fireground, including at the Esperance bushfire where he assisted evacuating people from rural properties around Scadden as the firefront bore down.

Team Achievement Award

Bremer Bay Volunteer Emergency Services Unit

The Bremer Bay Volunteer Emergency Services Unit has worked closely with the Shire of Jerramungup to undertake a review of fire mitigation and preparedness in high bushfire risk areas including Point Henry and adjacent reserves. This involved extensive engagement with the community and landowners, which in turn has increased awareness, knowledge and overall readiness for bushfires in their community.

WA Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Award

Jack Jones, Onslow Volunteer Emergency Services Unit

Jack displayed outstanding leadership skills during the response to Tropical Cyclone Stan that impacted the Pilbara in January 2016. He was also recognised for his efforts to grow the brigade’s membership, ensuring they are highly trained and ready to respond.

WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award

Anthony Crudeli, Mullewa Fire and Rescue Service

In an area with a steadily declining population, Mullewa Fire and Rescue Service Captain Anthony Crudeli has maintained consistent brigade numbers and capability, ensuring that the training and welfare of brigade members are to the highest standard. He is also a driving force in organising social events for brigade members, allowing them time to regroup away from the pressures of the fire ground.

Youth Achievement Award

Struan Graham, Wanneroo Central Bush Fire Brigade

Since joining the Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade at 16, Struan has been an extremely active member, fulfilling multiple roles simultaneously within the brigade. He has also organised a number of community events including school visits and fire awareness presentations. Struan’s outstanding efforts has increased the efficient operation of the brigade and increased the community’s awareness of fire safety.


 

Previous Award Recipients

WA Career Fire and Rescue Service Award

  • Martin Cable, Station Officer Kalgoorlie Fire Station (2015)
  • Garth Civil, Station Officer Perth Fire Station (2014)
  • John Landwehr, Aviation Services (2013)

Youth Achievement Award

  • Matthew Holland, Witchcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service (2015)
  • Kellie Bullen, Broome Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (2014)
  • Matthew Bartels, Morangup Bush Fire Brigade (2013)

Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Award

  • Frazer McGregor & Sandra Lymbery, Coral Bay Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service (2015)
  • Kenn McLeod, Fitzroy Crossing Volunteer Emergency Service (2014)

WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award

  • Deirdre Marchese, Kambalda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (2015)
  • Stephen Manning, Cue Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (2014)
  • Darren Smith, Wagin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (2013)

Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award

  • Terri Kowal, Bunbury Bush Fire Brigade (2015)
  • Matthew Thompson, Boddington Bush Fire Brigade (2014)
  • David Hasted, Ivanhoe Bush Fire Brigade (2013)
 

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