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Decades of dedication to protecting our community

By: CFA Media

Category: Honours & Awards

  9.30 AM 13 June, 2016

Location: General

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Max Cox (OAM) is a well-respected CFA member, protecting the community in a range of roles for the last 63 years. 

Max today receives an Australian Fire Service Medal for his unwavering dedication and expertise demonstrated throughout his many decades with CFA.

Max says he was ‘blown away’ to have even been nominated for this service medal.

“I’m absolutely rapt and truly humbled to now be receiving this medal – everything I’ve done over the years has been a team effort so I look at this medal as ours not mine,” he says.  

From brigade captain to Euroa group officer to his current, long-time role as Longwood brigade president, Max has earned the respect of his peers through his leadership and outstanding operational abilities.

Technological changes over the years never cease to amaze Max.

“The state-of-the-art trucks equipped with crew protection including window blinds, large pumps and sprays have made fighting fires safer and easier. We’ve come a long way since I started in 1954,” he says.

Key achievements in Max’s long-standing career include recognising in the late 1950s that vehicles could be used as communication points during fires. Max facilitated the sourcing and fitting out of vehicles to perform such duties, which are today widely used and known as Forward Command Vehicles. Further, Max worked closely with Vic Roads to plan and manage roadside vegetation along the Hume Highway since the installation of wire crash barrier fences in the 1990s. Max’s advice led to the inclusion of regular breaks in the wire crash barrier cabling so maintenance and fire-fighting vehicles can access these areas to clear vegetation around intersections.

In 2009, Max provided strong leadership and guidance after the February fires relating to rehabilitating paddocks, farms and fences. His contribution was deeply appreciated by these communities. His knowledge of farming and heavy machinery, coupled with his exceptional people skills enabled him to lead the ground teams quietly and effectively, during this difficult time.

Max accepted an Order of Australia medal in 2005 in recognition of his longstanding involvement with CFA and the community.              

Last Updated: 14 June 2016