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AFSM Nominations – Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018

By: Belinda Gillespie

Category: Honours & Awards

  5.55 PM 8 August, 2017

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CFA values and honours exceptional contributions to protecting lives and property. You now have the opportunity to nominate outstanding people for recognition.

CFA is in the process of consolidating nominations for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.

Due Date:  1 November, 2017 (CFA closing date)

Nomination Form:

The Award

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services.  It is awarded to paid and volunteer members. The AFSM is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, state and territory ministers.

In Victoria, this is the Minister for Emergency Services, acting on behalf of the Premier of Victoria.

Quota for the AFSM:

  • One award for each 1,000 (or part of 1000) full-time permanent members of the fire service or combined fire services per calendar year;
  • One award for each 5,000 (or part of 5,000) for part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members of the fire service or combined fire services per calendar year; and
  • One additional award, which will be made at the discretion of the AFSM Reference Group for either a full-time firefighter, a non-firefighter, volunteer or operational support member, per calendar year.

There is no obligation to award the entire quota each year.

The awards are announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) of each year.  Recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal are entitled to use the letters “AFSM” after their names to show that their outstanding service has been formally recognised.

What is the Medal Awarded for?

The sole criterion for the award of the Australian Fire Service Medal is distinguished service. “Distinguished service” includes service that is above and beyond the normal zealous and faithful discharge of normal or ordinary service, whether short term or prolonged. It could be a special achievement or success in the performance of duty in difficult or unusual circumstances, or sustained high-level performance with outcomes and recognisable benefits to CFA, the fire service in general or the community. The service must be exceptional.  Long service should not be used as a basis for making nominations.

Are nominations Confidential?

All nominations are strictly confidential and the information provided will be used only to assist in considering the merits of the nomination.  The person being nominated should not be approached for information or advised of the confidential nomination at any stage of the process.

Where do I go for assistance?

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Phone 9262 8842

Nomination Form via Brigades Online

Last Updated: 10 August 2017