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Johnsonville recognition of service
Gippsland Regional Director Mark Potter and District 11 Operations Manager Bryan Russell presented National Medals, CFA Life Membership and CFA long service awards to Johnsonville brigade members on Sunday 17 March.
By Peter White, District 11 Brigade Support Officer
Mark Potter took the opportunity to acknowledge the commitment of Johnsonville brigade for its time and effort in fundraising towards its goal of funding and building a new support vehicle. “Congratulations on this achievement," said Mr Potter.
Mr Potter also took the opportunity to recognise the Johnsonville brigade members' contributions to the fires this season. Mark also thanked the families of brigade members for the support they provide to the members themselves and the brigade.
The presentations started with a five-year service certificate to Firefighter Peter Harrison who has also been a member of the Kalimna West brigade since 2006.
A 15-year service medal was presented to Frances Griffiths who joined CFA in 1996 and has also held multiple brigade and Tambo Group roles.
Thirty-year service medals were presented to David Luckock and Martin Stewart. David joined CFA in 1981 and has held all lieutenant positions at Giffard West brigade. Martin joined Johnsonville brigade in 1980 and continues to respond while managing a busy farm.
Unfortunately, Stuart McMillan could not attend the presentation and did not receive his 30-year service medal, but this will be presented to him at a later date. Stuart joined Naring brigade in 1981.
A CFA life membership, including a 30-year service medal, was presented to Max Young who has greatly enhanced the profile of the brigade. Max has shown leadership of the brigade and group. He is recognised as a life member of the Salt Creek Camp Draft Committee. Max has responded locally in the district, responded regionally and travelled Interstate as requested.
A 50-year service medal was presented to Trevor Clues. It was received on his behalf by his daughter Denies Kurtian. Trevor joined the Bumberrah brigade in 1963, now known as Johnsonville brigade. Trevor is still an active member and firefighter at the brigade.
For his dedication and diligence to the brigade, groups, district and community, Captain Rod Baylis was recognised with a National Medal. Rod started with Flaggy Creek brigade in 1993 and he has developed skills and leadership that complement his operational experience.
Three clasps on a National Medal symbolising 30 years of diligent service was presented to Ex Captain and Deputy Group Officer Bob Bassett. Bob has held more positions than most including wildfire instructor, volunteer instructor and driver trainer. Bob influences multiple representative committees promoting teamwork and leadership and has always encouraged others to step up and have a go. Bob has been recognised for his loyal, dedicated and diligent service to CFA and the surrounding communities.
Captain Rod Baylis closed the presentation part of the day by thanking members of Johnsonville brigade for their time, effort and contribution over the past years. Rob also thanked the community for supporting the brigade and encouraged continuing support and participation at the brigade.