Former Diamond Creek Captain Peter Clarkson wins Spirit Of CFA Gold Award

Member News image (left to right): Peter Clarkson with Acting Chief Officer Gavin Thompson


Peter Clarkson, former Captain of Diamond Creek Fire Brigade and current volunteer at Cobram Fire Brigade in District 22, has won the 2020 Spirit of CFA Living the Values Gold Award (individual) in this year’s ceremony. 


Peter joined CFA in 2002. He was a member of the Scouts at the time and a fellow member asked him to join the local fire brigade. Peter said it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.  

“To win a Spirit of CFA Award is an honour and a privilege as you do things for the community not to be recognised,” Peter said. “But when you do get recognised it’s an absolute honour. I’ve spent 20 years on my journey at CFA and when your peers nominate you for an award, it’s a real honour.” 

“My proudest achievement at CFA was when I was elected captain of the fire brigade five years ago as I wanted to make the brigade a place where people wanted to come. I also wanted to make the brigade more diverse and inclusive which I felt was lacking previously and it was good to make sure females joined the brigade.” 

Peter said he now feels like he’s achieved his goal. 

“Out of four of the lieutenants at the brigade, three of them are female. 

“I am so grateful to have represented CFA and it’s even more special to be able to have my family join as well. My youngest daughter and son are now both members of Diamond Creek brigade,” Peter said.  

Diamond Creek Brigade 2nd Lieutenant Fiona Macken nominated Peter for the Award because of his empathy and his encouragement for inclusivity and diversity in the brigade. 

“Peter wears his heart on his sleeve and said he’s not afraid to share his story and show his emotions,” Fiona said.  

“He creates a safe place for members to share their feelings and talk about the challenges they are experiencing. Peter always reminds members that he is happy to chat with them and to provide a shoulder to cry on if necessary.”. 

While on the Black Summer strike team to Gippsland in 2020, Peter provided diesel to a local resident who had no food, power or fuel for his generator. He also encouraged his crew to look after the suffering local wildlife. These actions were also commended by the Chief Officer in an email in January 2020. 


  • Member News imagePeter Clarkson with CEO Natalie MacDonald
  • Member News image Peter Clarkson with CEO Natalie MacDonald
  • Member News image Peter Clarkson with wife, Belinda Clarkson
  • Member News image Antoinette Ribchester and Peter Clarkson
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