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Media Release

Dedicated fire and emergency service careers honoured
Wednesday 22 June 2016 – 4:00 PM

More than 280 emergency services personnel have been acknowledged for their long-standing and diligent service to the people of Western Australia. 

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson recognised the award recipients’ dedication to helping the community at a medal ceremony held at Government House today.  

"These awards highlight a significant milestone in the careers of firefighters and emergency services personnel who work tirelessly to protect the community, often under challenging circumstances,” Commissioner Gregson said.  

"Today provides an opportunity to say thank you to these emergency services personnel, who do not seek recognition for their exceptional work.”  

The recipients included Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer, Aboriginal firefighter Shane Klunder and long serving volunteer and career personnel Don Fazio, Will Blackshaw and Terry Wegwermer. 

More than 4,300 years of service were recognised, with 288 career personnel qualifying for long and diligent service medals in the latest round of awards. 

"It is remarkable that the beneficiary of this long and diligent service is the Western Australian community,” Commissioner Gregson said. 

The medals were presented by Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services annual National Medal and Emergency Services Diligent Services Medal ceremony. 


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