Thursday, April 25, 2024

CFA firefighters honoured for bushfire efforts

Volunteer firefighters and staff members from CFA’s District 7 have been honoured with National Emergency Medals for their brave efforts in the 2019-20 Australian bushfire crisis.

The National Emergency Medal is part of Australia’s Honours and Awards system and recognises significant or sustained service to others in a nationally significant Australian emergency.

At ceremonies across the weekend, 176 firefighters from District 7 became the latest of more than 5,500 CFA members to receive the honour for the 2019-20 fires.

CFA District 7 Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Brendan Lawson spoke of his pride for the CFA members’ efforts.

“Over the weekend District 7 was provided the opportunity to acknowledge our members sacrifices and supporting response to the 2019-20 bushfires,” he said.

“I was very humbled and privileged to witness our people being awarded the National Emergency Medal for their effort”.

Anakie Captain and medal recipient, Adam Jones, said it was an honour to be formally recognised.

“It is great that CFA recognises the good work that brigades do,” Mr Jones said.

“Volunteers don’t do it for this reason, but it is nice to be formally acknowledged.

“My thoughts are still with the areas that were hugely affected during this time.”

Steve Gibbs 1st Lt Ocean Grove Brigade added: “Today’s presentation of the National Emergency Medals was such a special occasion for me.”

“The presentation ticked all of the boxes; it was respectful, memorable and emotional.

“A day that I will remember for a long time to come. Well done to all involved in this special event, you did CFA proud.”

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