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Queens Birthday honours for senior firefighters

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10 Jun 2019
Two senior firefighters with more than 60 combined years under their belts have been recognised for their dedication and commitment to the community as part of today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Deputy Chief Officer David Bruce and Acting Deputy Chief Officer Martin Braid have been awarded Australian Fire Services Medals in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The full citations are below:

David Bruce
Mr Bruce's contribution and commitment to the field of urban firefighting, and the welfare and wellbeing of fellow firefighters, has been outstanding throughout a 33-plus year career. He has made, and continues to make, a significant contribution within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and also across the emergency services sector in Victoria and nationally, through engagement with the Australasian Fire and Rescue Authorities Council (AFAC). 
He has been an integral part of The Variety Club Victoria Bash Volunteer Officials since 2002 and was the driving force behind the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board coming on board as a sponsor and long-time supporter since 2002.  He has been a passionate contributor, both individually and on behalf of the MFB, and his continued support of Variety, the children's charity, has been greatly appreciated. 
He is well known across MFB, for his caring manner and concern for his fellow firefighters. He routinely maintains contact with both current and retired members, particularly those that have suffered an illness or injury. He also gives up much of his own time in undertaking welfare and wellbeing checks of members. He is also a regular attendee of the annual firefighter visit to the Royal Children's Hospital on Christmas Day. 
Mr Bruce continues to provide leadership both within the MFB, and across the emergency services sector, both in Victoria and nationally, and in doing so has made a significant contribution to the safety of the community. 
Martin Braid
Mr Braid is currently the Assistant Chief Fire Officer at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and has been a member of the MFB for over 30 years.  During this time he has demonstrated prolonged and exceptional service in the Emergency Management sector particularly working in collaboration with MFB's partner agencies, business representatives, government bodies and community stakeholders.
He has been involved in the review, design and implementation of policy and procedures to improve both community and responder safety across a broad spectrum of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.  These have included the multi-agency and state department collaborative information sharing project, the Senate inquiry into the regulation of mobility scooters, the McKillop Foundation Youth Mentor Program, and as a White Ribbon Ambassador.
He has consistently displayed exceptional leadership qualities becoming a driving force and key to a number of initiatives including the Victorian Flood Review 2010/11, improved information sharing regarding the safety for at-risk infants, and the improved fire safety for mobility device users through increased understanding and education.
He continually demonstrates his professionalism, resilience and commitment to the development and growth of other personnel in the sector through mentoring, supportive leadership, strategic thinking and action, and also the welfare of firefighters.
Mr Braid has continually demonstrated a robust appreciation of community expectations of emergency services and displayed a leadership style that is collaborative and understanding of the challenges of fostering trusted relationships to achieve the best outcomes for the community of Victoria.
 Congratulations to DCO Bruce and A/DCO Braid on their well-deserved achievement.

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