The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is exceptionally proud to represent every one of the 26,000 incredible women and men of WA’s Volunteer Bush Fire Service and on a day like today when some of them are publicly recognised for the work they do to protect and support our community, that pride soars.
While we know he’ll be a bit grumpy about us focussing on him (because he’s one of those humble ‘behind the scenes’ guys who always helps others), the AVBFB Committee is very happy to see that our very own Vice President Phil Penny has been awarded the Citizen of the Year by the Shire of Harvey.
For those of us who know Phil, there is simply no better recipient of this award. Phil’s deep experience in emergency services and commitment to his community go to the very heart of the immense value of our amazing bush fire volunteers who are often the only ones there before, during AND after tragedy strikes.
Congratulations mate. We know you won’t want to make a big deal about it, but to set an example for the many thousands of others who have the backs of our hundreds of small towns, please accept the honour as well deserved and be proud of what you do and who you are!
And we got word that the Dwellingup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Cadets are super proud of their very own Charli Campbell-Warr for taking out the Shire of Murray’s Young Community Citizen of the Year Award – go to the Facebook post below and let Charli know you love what she’s been doing!
As you can see in the post below, City of Kwinana Mayor and big supporter of our amazing volunteers, Carol Adams, was proud to hand over the 2019 Kwinana Citizen of the Year to Kwinana South Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Lieutenant Chris Artemis. Click on this post and give it a thumbs up so the good Mayor knows we appreciate her sharing the good news about Chris!
A Facebook page called “Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade” shared a photo of Captain Pusky Crescenzi being acknowledged for his work in the Shire of Collie with the Citizen of the Year Award – make sure you share this great news around too!
We have done our best to compile a list of others we know have either been recognised specifically as Bush Fire volunteers or for their work on emergency services within a Local Government. And we have also included those we know of who have been acknowledged for their volunteering in other WA emergency services, but we are certain to have missed some. If you know of someone who should be added to this list so they are recognised as widely as possible, please leave a comment or send an email with the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medal (OAM) in the General Division
Lynette CRAIGIE – Newman
For service to local government, and to the community of the Pilbara.
For service to local government, and to the community of the Upper Gascoyne.
Lachlan McTAGGART – Gingin
For service to local government, and to the community of Upper Gascoyne.
Peter MONAGLE – Roelands
For service to local government, and to the Shire of Harvey.
Robin SCOTT – Esperance
For service to the community of Coomalbidgup.
Peter SNOW – Kingsley
For service to the community of Albany.
Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
Francis BURGOYNE – Brunswick Junction
Mr Burgoyne joined the Brunswick Junction Volunteer Fire Brigade, now the Brunswick Junction Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (BJVFRS), in 1977. Since that time he has championed the volunteering cause in the fire and rescue services and is greatly respected by his peers locally and throughout the State.
Robert MOILER – Kalamunda
Mr Moiler joined Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (WAVFRS) in 1978 and since 1997 has led the Brigade in the Captain’s role. He is the longest serving Captain of the Kalamunda Unit.
Peter NARDUCCI – Pingelly
Mr Narducci has been an active member of Pingelly Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (WAVFRS) since 1975. During this time he has undertaken many roles at the Pingelly Unit, including as Fire Control Officer, Training Officer, and he is currently the Unit’s longest serving Secretary since taking on that role in 2005.
AMBULANCE SERVICE MEDAL (ABSM)
Eleanor HILL – Laverton
Ms Hill commenced her volunteer service with St John Ambulance Western Australia at the Sub Centre at Laverton in 1996 and in the time since has served in a wide range of roles. The impact she has had in contributing to the availability of a high-quality volunteer ambulance service for the Laverton community has been significant.
EMERGENCY SERVICES MEDAL (ESM)
Kenneth DEWHIRST – Heathridge
Mr Dewhirst began volunteering for the State Emergency Service (WASES) as a founding member of the Northam Unit in 1978. He moved to Perth in 1984 and transferred to Wanneroo Joondalup SES where he remains an active member today.
Robert HOWARD OAM
Mr Howard commenced as a volunteer with Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) in 1974 as an active member of Floreat SLS Club. With his knowledge and understanding of radio systems he was asked by SLSWA to establish a state radio network to assist in interclub communications during weekend lifesaving patrol hours.