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National Medal Awards for Craigieburn members

  • Luke
  • Mick
  • Troy

By: Duncan Russell

Category: Honours & Awards

  6.07 PM 1 September, 2014


Location: District 14 News

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Craigieburn brigade had its annual brigade dinner on Saturday 23 August, where three members were presented with National Medals.

Luke Symeoy

Loucas (Luke) joined Craigieburn brigade in July 1983 and has being an active member since. During Luke’s nearly 30 years service, he has played a key role in all brigade activities. He has actively supported operational requirements, community education and social activities. He currently holds the position of Third Lieutenant as well as managing the training portfolio and is also the brigades OH&S representative. Additionally, Luke is the VFBV rep for Craigieburn brigade.

In Luke’s time with the brigade, he has responded to countless local and strike team deployments both in Victoria and interstate. Luke provides leadership on the fireground and always carries out his tasks in a diligent and professional manner.

Luke played a key role in the integration of Craigieburn brigade. His ability to work well with all the staff and volunteers is easily witnessed by the respect that everyone has for him. This was further recognised when the brigade awarded him Life Membership in 2006. He has also been nominated for the National Emergency Medal for his service and commitment during the Black Saturday campaign.

The officers, members and career staff of Craigieburn brigade congratulate Luke on his successful nomination for the National Medal and believe that this is well deserved recognition of the service he has provided to the brigade and the community.

Mick Wearne

Since receiving his National Medal in 1986, Michael has continued to serve CFA as both a career member and volunteer. He has undertaken the roles of Second, Third and Fourth DGO for Yea Group from 1996 to 2010. He is currently a Senior Station Officer stationed at Craigieburn brigade and, in addition to the general duties, Michael has preformed the role of instructor at Fiskville instructing two squads of new recruits.

In 2004 Michael was one of the first officers appointed to Greenvale brigade when it integrated. He was able to use his skills and knowledge to help the brigade through this transitional period. In 2006 he again was one of the staff that was first appointed to Craigieburn, where he was again able to assist with the transition from fully volunteer to integrated. Mick’s attitude and knowledge have been recognised with him receiving a number of brigade-nominated awards. This is recognition of his ability to work closely with both career staff and volunteers.

Michael has been involved in the career firefighter recruitment selection program for the past 10 years.

Mick has represented CFA on a number of committees including:

  • Yea Group Management Team
  • CFA Recruitment and Selection Advisory team
  • Chairman of the Yea Group Training Committee
  • Craigieburn Brigade Management Team

In his time as a career and volunteer firefighter, Mick has provided leadership and mentoring to staff and volunteers both at operational incidents and in general day-to-day activities. He has been involved in incident management teams for the major campaign fires and has been nominated for the National Emergency Medal for his service and commitment over the Black Saturday Campaign.

Mick was one of the first members to undertake the ground observer role. This has now evolved into a statewide program that has played a critical role in events such as Black Saturday.

The officers, members and career staff of Craigieburn brigade congratulate Michael on his successful nomination for the National Medal 3rd Clasp and believe that this is well deserved recognition of the service he has provided to the brigade and the community.

Troy Lowther

Troy Lowther joined the North Warrandyte brigade in April 1993 and was an active member for nearly 20 years. He was elected to the position of First Lieutenant in July 1997. In 1999 troy was successful in his application to become a career firefighter and in January 2000 he started his professional career with CFA. After completing his recruit course Troy was stationed at Geelong City where he stayed for six years. In 2006 Troy was among the group to become the first career staff at Craigieburn brigade, where he currently works as a Leading Firefighter.

During his time as a career member he has remained active as a volunteer holding the positions of Second and Third Lieutenants. Troy is currently the president. In addition to this he has carried out the role of group training manager for five years and has been a member of the D13 training committee as well as Lower Yarra and Nillumbik Group brigade representative.

During his time as group training officer Troy coordinated group-wide training courses to ensure all members from brigades had access to high quality training. He also arranged a number of large scale field exercises that involved multiple agencies. More recently as a Leading Firefighter he was the exercise director for Exercise Fudo and was on the writing team for Exercise Dynamo.

As part of Troy’s shift responsibilities he is responsible for managing training in conjunction with the volunteer training manager. Over the past 12 months they have been working on a program to enhance the volunteers' skills and provide a clear pathway for progression. This has been well received by both volunteers and staff and is another example of Troy’s passion for training and his ability to work with all members.

In his time as a career and volunteer firefighter troy has provided leadership and mentoring to staff and volunteers both at operational incidents and in general day to day activities. He has been nominated for the National Emergency Medal for his service and commitment over the Black Saturday Campaign.

In addition to his operational experience and training activities Troy has been involved in community education programs both as part of his role on station but also as a CFG facilitator and bushfire safety presenter. He is currently used by D13 community safety for this role and is highly respected for the experience and knowledge that he brings to the position.

The officers, members and career staff of Craigieburn brigade congratulate Troy on his successful nomination for the National Medal and believe that this is well deserved recognition of the service he has provided to the brigade and the community.

Last Updated: 01 September 2014