Historian and author Roger Underwood has been recognised for decades of service to forestry and bushfire management in WA.
On Friday the Palmyra local was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia.
He said the honour was something he had gained thanks as much to the work of those around him as it was for his own efforts managing and caring for forests.
An extra (totally bias) round of applause to Gordon Hill. Those who know Gordon, also know that he wears many hats and he is dedicated to his volunteer service.
There is another, very active NSW RFS member in that group of worthy recipients. He is not representing the NSW RFS for the awards but, like Gordon, he wears many hats.
Who will be the first to point him out?
No one was more surprised than Greg Green when he was announced as Wollondilly’s Citizen of the Year on Australia Day.
The 61-year-old never expected to receive any sort of accolades for his lifelong work with the Bargo Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade.
Barry Aitchison was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the general division as recognition for his service to the community of the Monaro.
Barry is well known and a highly respected former Fire Control Officer, Operations Officer and Firefighter who represented the Snowy River, Bombala and Cooma Monaro Fire Districts for well over 30 years.
Those who know Barry will be very pleased that this OAM has been awarded to most deserving bushman with a passion for the locals, the bush and its’ future.
Six NSW RFS members were awarded Australian Fire Service Medals this (2015) Queen’s Birthday holiday.
The Executive & Members offer our hearty congratulations to Elaine Robinson on her award of the AFSM on the Queen’s Birthday Holiday 2015.
It would seem as thought the Commissioner exercised his ability to determine what a volunteer can wear by way of ceasing the supply of the blue shirt and where is the NSW RFS Uniform Protocol Manual that was referred to back in November 2012.
VFFA President, Peter Cannon was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the general division as recognition for his tireless contribution to emergency services as a volunteer bushfire fighter. Peter joined his local brigade at Bulgandramine almost 50 years ago.
This post is an article that was published in The Land newspaper on Australia Day.
To the best of our knowledge, there were five AFSM recipients within the volunteer ranks, two AFSM recipients within the staff ranks and two OAM recipients from volunteer ranks.
Congratulations to you all.
His Excellency, the Governor General of Australian has bestowed upon our associations founder and President, Mr. Peter Joseph Cannon, the Order of Australia.
This award recognises the genuine commitment that Peter has made towards providing a voice for the Volunteer Firefighters in NSW.