Last night the members of the Gungahlin Rural Fire Brigade hung up their fire fighting gear for a celebratory dinner at Da Nunzio to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Gungahlin Rural Fire Brigade is part of the ACT Rural Fire Service which is responsible for protecting life, property and the environment from all bush and grass fires that occur within rural areas or non-suburban areas of the ACT.
Gungahlin Rural Fire Brigade is a volunteer brigades who respond to bush and grass fires, and conducting hazard reduction burning to mitigate against the fire threat to the ACT. Members are also actively engaged in supporting other services of the ESA and interstate departments.
Last night awards were handed out as recognition to members for their ongoing contribution to the Brigade.
Gung Ho – This award is given to the the member who has been with the Brigade for less than one year. This years winner was Adam Harley. Adam has undertaken Basic Fire Fighting, Advanced firefighting (Technical) and Village firefighting training. He has taken on the additional role of membership coordinator and has been available for many fire calls, stand up days and community events.
Community Liaison Award – This award is given to the member who has given the most amount of time in the community engagement area. This years winner was Christopher Bowyer. Chris is a tireless member of the Brigade working with all areas of the community from Summernats, schools and local landholders.
Captains Award – This award is given to the member of the Brigade who the Captain feels has best promoted the values of the brigade This years winner was Evaane Chadwick. Chad is the Senior Deputy Captain of the brigade. He has been instrumental in ensuring the smooth running of the brigade especially in the Captain’s absence. It is Chads first year as the SDC and it has brought enthusiasm and vigorous to the role.
Life Members – For the first time in the brigades history the Brigade appointed Life Members. The inaugural Life Members are Scott Cashmere and John Jenkins. John in a foundation member of the Brigade and Scott has been a member for 19 years. Both of these gentlemen are highly respected mentors and trainers. Always offering advice and support to new and old members alike. Both have deployed to fires around the country, NSW, Vic, Tasmania, and WA. Scott was deployed internationally to the USA in 2006 and John also deployed to wildfires in the USA in 2015. They are both hotly respected members of the brigade and service.
John Jenkins (left), Scott Cashmere (right)