Officer Martin Cable from Kalgoorlie was the winner of the career firefighting award
presented at a prestigious ceremony at the Perth Convention and Exhibition
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.
Awards for 2015 were presented across five categories:
Youth Achievement Award
Matthew Holland, Witchcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue
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
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
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.