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Media Release

​Firefighters from across WA celebrated at awards
Sunday 20 September 2015 – 9:30 AM

Station Officer Martin Cable from Kalgoorlie was the winner of the career firefighting award presented at a prestigious ceremony at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre today.

The 2015 Firefighter Awards also recognised volunteer firefighters from Witchcliffe, Bunbury, Coral Bay and Kambalda.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson presented the awards and commended the award recipients for their outstanding service to their respective communities.

“All firefighters play a crucial role in improving the safety of our communities,” Commissioner Gregson said. 

“Fire and emergency services have faced enormous threats over the past year, saving countless lives across the State. 

“These recipients have been outstanding in playing their part to help keep our communities safe.” 

Kalgoorlie Fire and Rescue Service Station Officer Martin Cable was awarded the WA Career Fire and Rescue Service Award for volunteering his spare time to the Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Program, and visiting sporting groups and schools to educate about fire safety. 

Terri Kowal, a 21 year veteran of the Bunbury Bush Fire Brigade, was presented with the Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA award for her efforts leading a crew 500 kilometres across the State to assist with a number of major bushfires last summer. Terri has also instigated a number of fundraising and community engagement ventures. 

Youth Achievement Award winner Matthew Holland received recognition for his knowledge and positive attitude towards training and skills development. Beginning his volunteering career at 13, Matt is now Captain of the Witchcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and is highly regarded by his firefighting colleagues. 

Frazer McGregor and Sandra Lymbery from the Coral Bay Volunteer Emergency Service were awarded the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Award for Excellence for their selfless service during Tropical Cyclone Olwyn, where they worked gruelling shifts over six consecutive days to relocate more than 80 residents to safety. 

The WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award was presented to Deirdre Marchese for her dedication and commitment to the Kambalda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service. Deidre is also a dedicated Peer Support Officer and SES volunteer. 

The Firefighting Awards for 2015 were presented across five categories: 

Youth Achievement Award

Matthew Holland, Witchcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Matthew has been an enthusiastic volunteer from a young age, starting as a Bush Fire Brigade cadet at 13, and he is also Captain of the newly formed Witchcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.  Matthew’s knowledge and positive attitude towards training and skills development have made him a highly respected Captain. 

Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award

Terri Kowal, Bunbury Bush Fire Brigade

Terri has been a volunteer firefighter with the Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade since 1994, and has continued to demonstrate service above and beyond expectations. Terri was at the helm of the brigade when they travelled over 500 kilometres this summer to assist with major bushfires across the State. As an instigator of many fundraising ventures and a keen advocate of the bushfire volunteer community, she provides a shining example for volunteer firefighters. 

Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Award for Excellence

Frazer McGregor & Sandra Lymbery, Coral Bay Volunteer Emergency Service

Both Frazer and Sandra selflessly served their community during Tropical Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the Midwest Gascoyne in March 2015. They worked six days straight, organised the relocation of more than 80 residents and coordinated the community’s response and recovery. Their efforts helped community members stay safe and helped enable Coral Bay to reopen to tourists in less than a week.

WA Career Fire and Rescue Service Award

Martin Cable, Station Officer Kalgoorlie Fire Station

As well as being a career firefighter, Station Officer Martin Cable has contributed to the community by donating his time for over 10 years as a volunteer support officer with the Juvenile and Family Fire Awareness (JAFFA) Program, and communicating fire safety messages to schools and sporting groups. Martin’s enthusiasm and commitment to raising awareness of fire safety in the community is highly respected.

WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award

Deirdre Marchese, Kambalda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service

Deidre displays outstanding commitment and willingness to do whatever is required, when required. In addition to being Secretary of the Kambalda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, she is also a Peer Support Officer for the Goldfield Midlands Region, and a member of the Kalgoorlie State Emergency Service Unit. She is a great motivator and role model, especially to other women who she actively encourages to become involved in the fire service.

 

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