Celebrating 60 years of service at Upwey

Upwey Brigade is not only celebrating their 100th anniversary this year - they’re also celebrating their longest-serving member, Kerry O’Brien who has given his service for 60 years.


Kerry was presented with his service medal and a special commemoration at an event on 20 October.

Kerry joined Upwey Fire Brigade in August of 1958, serving as a Brigade Officer from 1975 to 1978. He is the recipient of the National Medal, (and several additional clasps recognising his ongoing contribution), the National Emergency Medal for his participation in the 2009 Black Saturday Fires, and the VFBV Gold Star Award.

Kerry was awarded Life Membership of the Upwey Fire Brigade in 1985 and was awarded CFA Life Membership in 2013.

Between 1979 and 1995, Kerry was awarded the Brigades Best Fireman Award 12 times, with an additional two years as runner up. He was also awarded Commendation Awards eight times in recognition of the many jobs he has undertaken over this time.

Kerry has also kept camaraderie at the forefront of the brigade, planning trips interstate and to car shows, and bingo nights to name a few.

He has played a major role in the development and maintenance of all the brigade’s vehicles over the years through involvement in vehicle replacement committees, driver development programs and member welfare programs.

Upwey Captain Cliff Pancutt said Kerry had been a strong influence on the brigade’s development.

“On behalf of the brigade, I congratulate Kerry on his 60 years of service and thank him for everything he has done and continues to do for the brigade, our community, and communities across Victoria and NSW,” Cliff said.

Author: Upwey Brigade