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Southern Metro members honoured
Six ceremonies in October, November and December have been held to honour nearly 1,000 National Emergency Medal recipients from CFA’s Southern Metropolitan Region.
Medals were awarded to members who served in both front line firefighting and behind-the-scenes support roles to recognise their service to the community during the 2009 Victorian Fires, now officially classed as an emergency of national significance.
Phil Craig, Group Officer for the CFA Cardinia Group, said that it was fantastic to see so many people who had put so much being rewarded.
“It’s not just about them being recognised, but being able to experience that occasion with their families,’ he said.
“Brigades from Southern Metro made a significant contribution at that time, during and after Black Saturday - there were 180 fires on that day (7 February) alone in the region.
“A lot of brigades responded to the Bunyip Ridge fire, which was the first to break out, but then we had the Narre Warren South fire which destroyed homes and the large fire at Narre Warren South.
“After Black Saturday we had strike teams gone for weeks – Southern Metro had a huge involvement in the whole effort in the weeks following, particularly in Kinglake.
Phil praised the production and organisation behind the ceremonies and said that a stand out element was watching video snapshots of the response to the Bunyip Ridge fire.
“That footage sent a bit of a shiver down my spine because it was of people who were actually there in the room – that was special,” he said.
Brigades falling under the Bass Coast, Cardinia, Casey, Peninsula, South East and Westernport Groups were represented across the six ceremonies.
The National Emergency Medal, coordinated coordinated and approved by the Governor General’s office in Canberra, recognises service to others during a nationally significant emergency – in this case the bushfires of January and February 2009 where more than 19,000 CFA members were involved in frontline firefighting, incident management and support behind the scenes.