AFSM recognises exceptional leader

Peter Shaw AFSM has served CFA with integrity and commitment for more than 45 years. 


His dedication to creating a safer Victorian community and a stronger and more effective CFA has seen him recognised with an Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM) in the 2020 Australian Honours Lists.

Peter has been a CFA volunteer since 1974 and is currently a member of The Basin Fire Brigade and Group Officer for Knox Fire Brigades Group.  

Peter’s record of service, experience and achievements makes him one of the state’s elite in fire and emergency management.

An exceptional leader, through his career in Victoria Police and work with CFA, Peter has developed critical experience in emergency and incident management, major collision investigation and protective security.

He is a Level 3 Incident Controller and has distinguished himself by demonstrating outstanding operational ability to manage incidents effectively.

Peter is also known for his ability to inspire others and his willingness to go well and above what is expected. He is passionate about improving service to the community.

He is currently serving his second term as a volunteer member of CFA’s Board, recognising his standing among CFA’s volunteer community and his commitment to the future of CFA, the emergency management sector and the Victorian community. 

Peter at Epping Fire Brigade's 75th anniversary celebration in May 2019. Photo courtesy Epping Fire Brigade.

While captain of Bayswater brigade, Peter encouraged his members to think about the specialist roles they could take on that would enhance the operational capability of the group, and he was influential in ensuring a strong working relationship with MFB in delivering high-quality service to their shared community.

In his capacity as Knox Group Officer, Peter has made innovative changes that have improved operational capabilities, increased readiness and shortened Strike Team response during critical periods. 

Peter is a CFA life member and received a National Emergency Medal for his role in the 2009 bushfires. He has also been Secretary of The Basin and Boronia Fire brigades, and has received a National Medal and a 40-year Service Award during his time at CFA. 

Peter was recently the Incident Controller at Orbost

Peter said he was honoured to have been nominated and considered worthy to be put up for the award.

“It is fantastic to be part of an organisation that has the ability, often at very short notice, to rally from across the State to support each other and the communities of not only Victoria but across Australia,” Peter said.

“My appointment to the Board has been a significant highlight of my time at CFA, providing me with the ability to have a role in taking this this great organisation forward.”

CFA Board Chair Greg Smith congratulated Peter on receiving this medal.

“I’m very proud that one of our CFA Board members, and a passionate volunteer, has been honoured for his 45 years of dedication to CFA and the broader emergency services sector,” Greg said.

“Peter lives our values. His leadership, integrity and loyalty distinguish him as someone truly worthy of this recognition.”

Author: Shaunnagh O'Loughlin