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Firefighting Awards

2021 Firefighting Awards nominations open

The 2021 Firefighting Awards recognise the outstanding efforts of volunteer and career firefighters who have made a significant contribution and demonstrated a high level of dedication and commitment to WA fire services. DFES volunteers, employees and members of the public can submit an online nomination here. Nominations close 5.00pm Monday 17 May 2021.

Award Categories
Awards are open for nomination in the following six categories:

WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award
Awarded to a current and active member of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service who has gone above and beyond what is expected of them and made an exceptional voluntary contribution over the past twelve months.

WA Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Award
Awarded to a current and active member of the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services who has gone above and beyond what is expected of them and made an exceptional voluntary contribution over the past twelve months.

Murray Lang Bush Fire Service Award
Awarded to a current and active volunteer from the Bush Fire Service who has gone above and beyond what is expected of them and made an exceptional voluntary contribution over the past twelve months.

Western Australian Career Fire and Rescue Service Award
Awarded to a Firefighter, Senior Firefighter or Station Officer who has shown dedication to duty beyond normal expectations in the past twelve months.

Team Achievement Award
Awarded to a team, brigade, group or taskforce who together have made a real difference in their community over the past twelve months. All services are eligible for this award.

Youth Achievement Award
Awarded to an exceptional volunteer under the age of 25 from the fire services who has stood out amongst their peers as extraordinary. All services are eligible for this award.

Award Criteria
The nominee/s must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Dedication to duty beyond normal expectations
  • Kindness, understanding, compassion or courage in the line of duty
  • Contribution beyond normal expectations to the efficiency and growth of firefighting efforts in WA
  • Achievement in community education or community-based fire prevention programs
  • Helped develop or implement a new idea or initiative

Award Nomination
Tell the judging panel about the outstanding contribution the nominee/s has made over the past twelve months based on one or more award criteria. The judging panel will only make their decision based on what is included in the nomination.

As a guide, the submission should be between 500-1000 words in length. When submitting your nomination, you will be asked to answer four questions:

  • Why are you nominating this volunteer, team, taskforce or brigade?
  • Why are their actions considered outstanding?
  • How have their actions affected or benefited others including the community?
  • Any other information?

As part of the nomination you must include a referee(s) who can support the nomination claims.

You may also include supporting documentation, including photos or videos with the nomination. Read the 2021 Firefighting Awards Nomination Guidelines​.

Nominations can only be submitted through the nomination website. The website will allow you to edit and refine your award nomination after submitting it right up until the closing date.

Award Judging
A judging panel will assess all eligible nominations by rating them on a scale of 1-10 based on how the nominee meets the criteria. The highest rated nominee will be deemed the category recipient.

  • DFES Representative
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association of WA Representative
  • Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades Representative
  • Emergency Services Volunteer Association (ESVA) Representative
  • Independent Community Member

Nomination Closing Date
5.00pm Monday 17 May 2021

Nomination Assistance
If you have enquiries or require assistance with preparing or submitting a nomination, please contact the Events Team on (08) 9395 9732 or email awards@dfes.wa.gov.au​

Awards Gala Dinner
The awards will be presented at a gala dinner held later in 2021. Ceremony details will be released once finalised.


Previous Award Recipients

Team Achievement Award
Roleystone Volunteer Fire Brigade (2020)
Kalgoorlie VFRS (2019)
Tom Price Bush Fire Brigade/Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Brigade (2018)
Argyle Irishtown Bush Fire Brigade (2017)

WA Career Fire and Rescue Service Award
Senior Firefighter Michael Hatfield (2020)
Gregory Henry, Senior Firefighter (2019)
Philip Brandrett, District Officer, Lower South West Regional Office (2018)
Andrew Seuren, Regional Operations Support Officer, South Coastal (2017)
Stuart Parks, Midland Career Fire and Rescue (2016)
Martin Cable, Station Officer Kalgoorlie Fire Station (2015)

Youth Achievement Award
Jordan McIntosh, Bunbury BFB (2020)
Jarred Kowal, Bunbury BFB (2019)
Callum O’Connell, Tom Price Emergency Services Cadet Corp (2018)
Struan Graham, Wanneroo Central Bush Fire Brigade (2016)
Matthew Holland, Witchcliffe Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service (2015)
Kellie Bullen, Broome Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (2014)

Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Award
No nominations received for this category in 2020
Hubertus Vink, Halls Creek VFES (2019)
Chris Unstead, Bullsbrook Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service Brigade (2018)
Richard Oman, Fitzroy Crossing Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service (2017)
Jack Jones, Onslow Volunteer Emergency Services Unit (2016)
Frazer McGregor & Sandra Lymbery, Coral Bay Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service (2015)

WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award
Melanie McGoldrick, Lancelin VFRS (2020)
Phillip Leach, Broome VFRS (2019)
Gyula Bogar, Boyup Brook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Brigade (2018)
Warren Schofield, Derby Fire and Rescue Service (2017)
Anthony Crudeli, Mullewa Fire and Rescue Service (2016)
Deirdre Marchese, Kambalda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (2015)

Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award
Murray McGregor, Northam Central and Irishtown BFB’s (2020)
Ted Rasktrick, Borholm Bush Fire Brigade (2019)
Bradley Warr, Dwellingup Bush Fire Brigade (2018)
Will Carmody, Cascade Bush Fire Brigade (2017)
Blake Halford, Gibson Bush Fire Brigade (2016)
Terri Kowal, Bunbury Bush Fire Brigade (2015)

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