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Australia Day Honours: Retired MFB fireys receive Order of Australia medals

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28 Jan 2014
Two former MFB firefighters received the Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day Honours over the weekend.

Alan Eley and Ronald Barker both worked for the brigade for 31 years and during their retirement have continued their involvement with the fire services.

Here's a little bit of detail about the two award recipients.

Alan George Eley

Alan Eley was employed by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade as an operational firefighter from 12 June 1953 to 2 October 1984.  At the time of his retirement he held the rank of District Officer.  During his MFB career Alan was awarded the National Medal and the subsequent 1st, 2nd and 3rd clasps to the National Medal.  

Following his retirement Alan returned to his former home town of Echuca and resumed his involvement with the Country Fire Authority.  In 1995 he was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his involvement with the Fire Services Museum and his community work with the CFA.

Alan was also one of the founding members of the original MFB Historical Society.  From the inception of the society, Alan held various leadership positions including President and committee member.  It was during Alan’s period that that the society grew to become the Fire Services Museum of Victoria.  This transformation grew from a small group of staff, based in a single room at North Melbourne Fire Station, to the present site at the former MFB Headquarters Station.   

Alan remains an active member of the CFA Echuca Fire Brigade and is particularly active in performing fire investigation duties within the CFA area.  

 

Ronald Frederick Barker

Ronald Barker was employed by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade as a Special Service Fireman from 2 June 1961 to 30 January 1992.

Ronald was a founding member of the MFB Historical Society along with then District Officers Alan Eley and Bill Bayley.  Since the inception of the society Ron has been a committee member for three years, Vice President for four years and, ultimately, President for ten years. It was during Ron’s period, as an office bearer, that the Fire Services Museum of Victoria grew from a small group of staff, based in a single room at North Melbourne Fire Station, to the present site at the former MFB Headquarters Station.  It was also under Ron’s leadership that the Museum transitioned from solely representing the MFB’s history to representing the history of all Victorian Fire Services.

In addition to his still active involvement on the Museum, Ron is also an active member of the Retired Firefighters Association and the World Police and Fire Games.

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