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Media Release

Queen's Birthday Honours List for fire and emergency personnel
Monday 9 June 2014 – 11:00 AM
Five Western Australian fire and emergency services personnel have been honoured with medals as part of this year's Queen's birthday celebrations.
 
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson APM congratulated career firefighters Kevin Jolly and Frank Martinelli and volunteers Laurie Hull, Roger Martin and Trevor Patton on receiving national recognition for their distinguished service and ongoing commitment to the people of Western Australia.
 
“I am delighted that these dedicated individuals have been named recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) and Emergency Services Medal (ESM), respectively, and I have no doubt all who know them will be pleased.
 
“The prestigious Queen's Birthday Honours List acknowledges, celebrates and thanks those who make a difference in the community and recognises their enduring contribution to fire and emergency services in Australia.
 
“Only a handful of people receive these medals each year, which serves as a further testament to their achievements,” said Commissioner Gregson.
 
The Queen's Birthday Honours List was announced today by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). Recipients of the AFSM and ESM from across Australia will be awarded their Honours in late September at Government House in Canberra.
 
2014 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST - WA RECIPIENTS
 
Kevin Jolly AFSM
Mr Jolly's distinguished career has consistently focused on service to others, in particular the safety of firefighters. A career highlight has been his contribution to progressing changes to WA Workers' Compensation legislation which has extended protections for firefighters who develop cancers as a result of their occupational exposures to toxins during their careers. He has also tirelessly campaigned for the benefit of retired firefighters and volunteers who have either no workers compensation entitlements or face significant limitations.
 
Frank Martinelli AFSM
Mr Martinelli is a committed and long serving firefighter, he is dedicated to his craft and has translated his particular passion for Road Crash Rescue into tangible and very real benefits for volunteer and career personnel through the delivery of innovative training based on the introduction of what were at the time 'new' technologies and procedures. Mr Martinelli has actively served his fellow firefighters and officers since 2005 through his commitment to the United Firefighters' Union of Australia WA Branch (UFU) Committee.
 
Laurie Hull AFSM
Mr Hull is seen as a role model for new members and promotes an inclusive image for volunteer emergency services. Mr Hull is currently a member of the Tambellup Volunteer Emergency Services Unit and has taken on a number of roles within the unit. Mr Hull stepped up to the challenge of providing a locally-based program of training in fire and road crash rescue for unit members. His skills and knowledge of unit capabilities and resources provide the committee with a valuable resource in planning responses to emergency situations. His commitment to service within the local community together with his many achievements serves as an inspiration to all who know him.

Roger Martin ESM
Mr Martin's contribution to the community of Western Australia (WA) has been two fronts: as a Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) volunteer with the Mandurah Water Rescue Group, and as the Vice Commander of the Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Western Australia (VMR WA). Through his involvement on a number of committees Mr Martin has been tasked with several aspects including implementing the changes to the Emergency Services Legislation Mr Martin is held in very high esteem and has been the key communicator feeding information from the review back to VMR members.
 
Trevor Patton ESM
Mr Patton has worked his way through the ranks of Karratha State Emergency Service to serve many different positions within the Unit and is currently the Local Manager. Through his outstanding management the unit continues to grow and remains a strong force within the Pilbara District, despite the transient nature of the membership catchment area. His outstanding commitment to the community in effective management and mitigation of such events has continually provides significant benefits.

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