Two veteran CFA firefighters have featured in the fire and emergency services sections of the 2018 Australia Day Honours List.
In recognition of their outstanding service to the community, John William Atkins and Glenn Raymond Jennings are the recipients of the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM), the highest individual fire service accolade in the nation.
John is the Drouin Fire Brigade Captain and has 50 years of CFA service behind him. He received an ASFM for his distinguished service, including outstanding leadership and making an exceptional contribution to the CFA and his local community over the past five decades.
Glenn Jennings joined the CFA more than 40 years ago as a 12-year-old junior volunteer and has been a career firefighter since 1980. He is the CFA State Driving Co-ordinator and he was honoured with an ASFM for his distinguished service, including establishing and implementing the CFA's Driver Training Strategy.
CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington congratulated the recipients for their outstanding achievements.
“I want to thank the 2018 AFSM recipients John Atkins and Glenn Jennings for their distinguished contribution to the emergency services sector. They have made the CFA stronger and have kept the community safe,” Mr Warrington said.
“The ASFM honours distinguished service - both John and Glenn have made a remarkable contribution to the CFA and we applaud the exceptional performances of both men.
“John and Glenn have devoted their entire working lives, and beyond, to CFA. I want to thank them both for their ongoing protection of lives and property in our communities.”
John said he was very surprised to open up the letter and see he would be receiving such a prestigious award.
“I never joined the Fire Brigade for the awards. My greatest achievement as a firefighter will always be saving people’s homes. It’s what I was trained to do, and continue to do. It’s why we’re here - for the people,” John said.
Glenn said he is humbled to have received the prestigious medal.
“I love my job - CFA has been my life. We often use the term ‘family’, but the amount of time you spend on shift really does see your colleagues become your close friends and family,” Glenn said.
CFA congratulates both John and Glenn on their distinguished careers and dedication in serving the community.
Congratulations to Group Officer Max McLean as well, who received an OAM.