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Launch of CFA Valor Medal Display
On Monday 1 December, Chief Officer, Euan Ferguson AFSM, was joined by the Chair of CFA’s Honours and Awards Committee and CFA Board Member, Ross Coyle, at the Fire Services Museum in Melbourne to unveil a new CFA Valor Medal Display.
The Valor Medal is CFA’s highest individual honour and is awarded to recognise acts of bravery by CFA members. It is awarded in circumstances where a member has made a deliberate choice to go from a place of safety to a place of danger where there is a clear and significant risk to life or to remain in such a perilous position to save, or attempt to save, a human life.
The Valor medal was first awarded to members of the Country Fire Brigades Board in 1918, and has been bestowed on just 25 members since this time. The Valor medal has been awarded to both career firefighters and volunteers.
Long before the CFA mission of ‘protecting lives and property’ was officially declared, these 25 members went above and beyond the expectations of community service to do something extraordinary. Today, we continue to recognise and honour their exceptional courage.
The Fire Services Museum of Victoria is an organisation dedicated to the preservation and showcasing of fire-fighting memorabilia from Victoria, Australia and overseas. It bolsters one of the largest collections of fire-fighting memorabilia in Australia and is located at the original Headquarters of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) on the corner of Gisborne Street and Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.
CFA is grateful to the Fire Services Museum of Victoria for their ongoing support of our members. Members of the public are welcome to visit the new CFA Valor Medal display housed in the CFA Room at the Fire Services Museum of Victoria. For more information about the Fire Services Museum of Victoria, visit http://www.fsmv.net.au/
Images by Keith Pakenham - CFA