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Lifetime of service honoured
Allan Fisher has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the community of Chiltern and the Shire of Indigo.
An ex-captain of Browns Plains Fire Brigade in District 24’s Rutherglen Group, Allan joined CFA in 1964 and served as captain for 27 years between 1979-1995 and 1996-2004.
Allan has also served as the President of Chiltern Shire Council, Rutherglen High School Council, Chiltern Bowling Club, the Ovens and Murray Bowls Association and the Wodonga Show Committee, and remains very busy with Bowls Victoria.
“My wife Jan has also been heavily involved in lawn bowls,” said Allan. “Whenever you’re involved in anything in the community, your partner always ends up being a big part of it."
Allan and Jan have been married for 43 years and have four children: two boys and two girls followed by five grandchildren. Their son Gordon followed Allan onto the land, into CFA and into the brigade captaincy. Tragically, he died earlier this year of a brain tumour at just 36 years of age.
“It’s been a very topsy turvy year; a very rough year,” said Allan.
Allan and Jan were at Browns Plains Fire Station recently for the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to Gordon Fisher who was still the brigade captain at the time of his death.
"He had served for 20 years in the brigade,” said Allan proudly. “I was involved so deeply so it just goes with the turf.
“I’m still on the truck when they need me. We’re very fortunate to have a sprinkling of young people who are very interested in the brigade. We’ve got a new tanker and a fairly new fire station so things are going ahead well.
“We sold up most of our property last year. I’m still share farming about 500 acres but I’m tapering off. We’ve moved to Wahgunyah and we plan to do some travelling within Australia.”
Allan had to keep his OAM a secret from his family. Speaking in early June, he was looking forward to surprising his children with the news when they come to stay this long weekend for the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout.
“I’m really humbled to receive this award,” said Allan. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve been involved in in the community.”