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Firefighting Awards

2019 Firefighting Awards Finalists have been announced

Western Australian volunteer and career firefighters protect over two million square kilometres of land and structures. The annual Firefighting Awards recognise the outstanding efforts of our volunteer and career firefighters who have made a significant contribution and demonstrated a high level of dedication and commitment to the volunteer fire services.

Congratulations to all the nominees who have been shortlisted as finalists:

Youth Achievement Award

  • Charli Campbell-Warr, Dwellingup BFB
  • Jarred Kowal, Bunbury BFB

Team Achievement Award

  • Carnarvon VFRS
  • Dwellingup BFB
  • Kalgoorlie VFRS
  • Wundowie VFRS

Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Award

  • Christine Cairns, Roleystone VFRS
  • Phillip Leach, Broome VFRS
  • Lewis Van Bommel, Metropolitan VFRS

Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Award

  • Wayne Kerslake, SWORD VFES
  • Hubertus Vink, Halls Creek VFES
  • Garth West, Bullsbrook VFES

Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award

  • Eric Baldock, Darlington BFB
  • Bryce Edwards, Owingup BFB
  • Edward Rastrick, Borholm BFB

Career Fire and Rescue Service Award

  • Senior Firefighter Gregory Henry
  • Station Officer Allison Henss

2019 Fire and Emergency Services Awards Gala Dinner

The WA Fire and Emergency Service Awards gala dinner will bring together all of our services to showcase outstanding individuals and teams. Awards presented will include Volunteer Marine Rescue Services, State Emergency Service and Firefighting awards.

Date: Saturday 7 September 2019
6.30pm – 7.00pm Pre Dinner Drinks
7.00pm – 11.30pm Awards Gala Dinner
Venue: BelleVue Ballroom, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Dress Semi-formal with miniature medals


Registrations to the Gala Dinner are essential. Please visit the conference website www.wafesconference.com.au to confirm your attendance.

For more information email awards@dfes.wa.gov.au  

Previous Award Recipients

Team Achievement Award
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
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
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
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
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
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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