An eager 27-year-old Allan Cracknell joined the Nullawil Brigade in 1973 and since then has dedicated more than 44 years of service to CFA as both a volunteer and a staff member.
Allan’s first six years as a CFA volunteer were spent in Southern Mallee where his passion for the organisation and local community truly blossomed.
“I was really interested in progressing the local town, so the fire brigade seemed like a great place to start,” said Allan.
“In that time I learnt a lot about what it means to be part of a small community.”
Allan has been involved in many aspects of the CFA and has distinguished himself through his exceptional contribution and concern for the welfare of members and the community.
“I joined the peer program 1995 and soon after, in 1997, became the Peer Support Coordinator in the East Gippsland region, the position I hold to this current day,” said Allan.
“The program goes a long way to supporting individuals and brigades in tough times, which is a great thing to be a part of.”
In an important behind the scenes role that can often slips under the radar, Allan’s excellent communication skills and personal attributes have established him as an exceptional role model for all those he has contact with.
He has worked tirelessly through many major emergencies to ensure the health and wellbeing of firefighters, support staff and the community is being monitored.
His calm and capable manner have enabled him to be a most effective leader and mentor to others in Peer Support, Fire Safety Education and Prevention, and a range of other important CFA community education programs.
Allan has earned the respect of his peers and of the broader community through his professional approach, selfless commitment, and his exceptional contribution to their safety and welfare.
Allan, who said the nomination came as a surprise, was very humbled to receive the prestigious award.
Three other CFA members will also receive the Australian Fire Service Medal today, as part of the Governor General’s Queen’s Birthday Honours including: