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Eastern Metro medals
More than 700 members from 39 CFA brigades in the Eastern Metropolitan Region have received a National Emergency Medal throughout September and October, with at least eighty more award sets to be presented.
Four presentation ceremonies were held to honour and recognise the members who served during the 2009 Victorian Fires in frontline firefighting, support, and behind-the-scenes roles.
The National Emergency Medal, which is coordinated and approved by the Governor General’s office in Canberra, recognises service to others during an emergency of national significance.
Craig Ferguson, a member of Bayswater Fire Brigade and manager within CFA’s Operational Training and Volunteerism department, described the occasion as ‘intimate and heartfelt’, despite the large number of people involved.
“The event was full of pride, camaraderie and the sense of family which is CFA to the core,” he said.
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Director David Baker said that the regional management team was proud of the member’s steadfast service during a dark time in this State’s history.
“We also take this opportunity to thank those members that serve their local communities today in continuing to protect lives and property from the threat of fire.”
“The fires in 2009 were a reminder of the reality of human fragility in the face of an overwhelming natural disaster.
“But the fires were also a reminder of our tremendous human resilience and the ability and willingness to evolve from our experiences,” said Mr Baker.
Members from the following brigades were recipients of award sets.
Badger Creek Fire Brigade, Bayswater Fire Brigade, Belgrave Fire Brigade, Belgrave Heights and South Fire Brigade, Boronia Fire Brigade, Clematis Fire Brigade, Coldstream Fire Brigade, District 13 Headquarters Fire Brigade, Dixons Creek Fire Brigade, Emerald Fire Brigade, Ferntree Gully Fire Brigade, Gruyere Fire Brigade, Healesville Fire Brigade, Hillcrest Fire Brigade, Hoddles Creek Fire Brigade, Kalorama/Mt Dandenong Fire Brigade, Lilydale Fire Brigade, Little Yarra Fire Brigade, Macclesfield Fire Brigade, Menzies Creek Fire Brigade, Monbulk Fire Brigade, Montrose Fire Brigade, Mooroolbark Fire Brigade, Mt Evelyn Fire Brigade, Rowville Fire Brigade, Sassafras-Ferny Creek Fire Brigade, Scoresby Fire Brigade, Selby Fire Brigade, Silvan Fire Brigade, The Basin Fire Brigade, Upper Ferntree Gully Fire Brigade, Upwey Fire Brigade, Wandin Fire Brigade, Warburton Fire Brigade, Warrandyte Fire Brigade, Wesburn-Millgrove Fire Brigade, Wonga Park Fire Brigade, Yarra Glen Fire Brigade, Yellingbo Fire Brigade.
A number of personnel from the Eastern Metropolitan Region were also recognised.
More than 800 recipients from Eastern Metropolitan Region are currently approved for the National Emergency Medal. Over the coming months, more than 4000 CFA members across the state will be presented with an award set as a recognition of service to others during the 2009 Victorian fires.
Read more on CFA News: National Emergency Medal Update
For more information on the National Emergency Medal:
Refer to the CFA Honours & Awards Manual, available on Brigades Online: Brigades Online > Brigade > Service History & Awards > About the Awards