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MFB firefighters awarded Australian Fire Service medals

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14 Jun 2010
Two MFB officers were recognised for their distinguished service in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Commander Bryan McCarthy was nominated for "outstanding service and leadership, particularly in the field of community safety and emergency management".

Station Officer Noel Flakemore was nominated for "outstanding service and leadership, particularly in the field of firefighting work practices through his role of a Health and Safety Representative and the encouragement and mentoring of others in the development of their skills and knowledge in the field of occupational health and safety".

CEO Graham Fountain commended the officers on their hard work and contribution to the development and services of the MFB.

“By his passionate, hard-working approach to making a difference, Bryan has consistently sought to identify opportunities to drive and promote change, both within MFB and through partnerships with other services and agencies. He has been involved in several high-profile initiatives, including the development of customised training and audit programs for supported residential accommodation units, participating in the combined emergency services strategy for the Commonwealth Games and rolling out of the Integrated Fire Management Planning Framework across MFB.

“Noel has always demonstrated a consistent and common sense approach to the handling of health and safety matters. In particular, he was instrumental in the development of a fleet modification program that contributed towards reducing the risk of injury to firefighters as a result of using 60 metre high pressure hose reels. Noel has also worked extensively to tailor the Juvenile Fire Awareness Intervention and FireEd programs to meet the requirements of children with special needs.”

Congratulations to Commander McCarthy and SO Noel Flakemore!

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