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Honours & Awards

Surprise presentation for Rutherglen stalwart

On Sunday 25 February, Rutherglen Fire Brigade made a surprise presentation to our former Secretary/Treasurer Neville Miller. 

 10.08 AM 8 March, 2018

Courage recognised in Monbulk & The Patch

Two CFA members have been awarded the Chief Officer’s Commendation for Courage for acts of bravery during an incident. 

 4.02 PM 23 February, 2018

Campbells Creek life member and awards night

Campbells Creek Fire Brigade held an awards night on 6 October.

 9.38 AM 25 October, 2017

Pat inspires women in rural Victoria

As a farmer in rural Victoria and a CFA volunteer, Pat Bigham has been caring for the land and helping others for a number of years which is what International Day of Rural Women is all about.

 6.24 PM 15 October, 2017

NEM Ceremony Photos

In October 2011, the National Emergency Medal was added to the Australian Honours. It recognises service to others during nationally significant emergencies. The 2009 Victorian Bushfires have been declared a nationally significant emergency and members of CFA who rendered service during the specified dates of these fires are eligible for the National Emergency Medal.

 3.11 PM 12 September, 2017

Keeping the home fires burning

Wangaratta Fire Brigade has reached a proud milestone with the awarding of a 60-year service medal to brigade life members Joan Rosser and Elaine Graham. Another four women are also very long-serving brigade auxiliary members.

 8.46 AM 14 May, 2017

CFA volunteers recognised at 2017 Inspire Awards

CFA volunteers were recognised for their hard work on Wednesday 26 April at the Inspire Awards.

 4.48 PM 27 April, 2017

Junior service: changes to CFA service awards

The CFA Honours & Awards Committee and the CFA Chair are pleased to advise the formal approval to have Junior service retrospectively recognised in total length of service for the purposes of the CFA Service and Life Membership awards.

 3.37 PM 30 March, 2017

Recognising our volunteers - Molesworth Brigade

More than 90 people attended the luncheon at which 19 brigade members were presented with National Emergency Medals and 36 members received CFA Service Awards with a combined total of volunteer service of 990 years.

 1.03 PM 22 March, 2017

Daylesford welcomes the Governor

Daylesford Fire Brigade yesterday had the pleasure of welcoming The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC to their station.

 11.39 AM 10 March, 2017

Pat helps drive support program

One of CFA’s first female volunteer members in her area, Pat Bigham is an inspiring woman who has dedicated her career to helping others and serving her community.

 4.52 PM 6 March, 2017

Kangaroo Flat's Bill Bowery receives AFSM

After more than 70 years in CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers. He joined the Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade in 1945 and since that day has never looked back.

 8.58 AM 8 February, 2017

Des rewarded for outstanding service

Late last year (24 November) CFA’s Des Phelan unassumingly attended what he thought was a Christmas party; little did he know his colleagues had something much more exciting in mind.

 9.01 AM 3 February, 2017

‘Bill’ Bowery, a CFA legend

After more than 70 years in CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers.

 10.14 AM 26 January, 2017

Paul, a CFA legend

The CFA culture has been deeply embedded in Paul King’s life from a young age and he has certainly come a long way since joining the Wodonga Fire Brigade in 1979 as a junior member.

 10.09 AM 26 January, 2017

Henry, a true example of CFA

In a career spanning four decades Henry Barton leaves behind a strong legacy in CFA. 

 10.06 AM 26 January, 2017

From ‘bags and bushes’ to AFSM

Nearly sixty years have passed since Graham Petrie first set foot inside the Beazley’s Bridge Fire Brigade in Victoria’s West. 

 10.03 AM 26 January, 2017

35 years with CFA rewarded

For the past 35 years, CFA volunteer, group officer and former Board member James ‘Don’ Robertson has spent his summers doing two main two things: running a mixed farming operation near Strathkellar in the heart of District 5 and fighting fires across Victoria and NSW.

 9.58 AM 26 January, 2017

Kilmore ‘like family’

When Anthony Archer moved to Kilmore in 1984, there wasn’t much more than a fire station, a football ground and a general store.

 9.53 AM 26 January, 2017

CFA members receive top honours

CFA members have featured in the fire and emergency services sector of the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.

 9.49 AM 26 January, 2017

Yackandandah balances experience and youth

The January meeting of Yackandandah Fire Brigade saw one of its longest-serving members presented with a 50-year service medal by District 24 Operations Manager Paul King.

 11.13 AM 13 January, 2017

Dave O'Brien - Commendation for Service

Dave O’Brien has been awarded a Commendation for Service in recognition of his contribution to the Boolarra brigade, the Morwell and Merton Groups, and to Districts 10 and 27. This award was presented by Operations Manager Bill Johnstone at the annual Merton Group Dinner held on 9 December 2016.

 11.14 PM 30 December, 2016

Kevin Atteridge – Outstanding Service Medal

Kevin Atteridge is an energetic, passionate man, heavily involved in his local community.

 9.47 AM 29 December, 2016

Truganina Fire Brigade celebrates 2016

On Monday 19 December, Truganina Fire Brigade celebrated 2016 with a dinner and awards evening.

 1.10 PM 28 December, 2016

CFA initiatives growing fire awareness

CFA’s work helping Victorian communities to plan and prepare for fire has been recognised at this year’s Fire Awareness Awards, with two important projects winning Fire Service Awards.  

 9.27 AM 21 December, 2016

CFA apprentice wins youth leadership award

CFA apprentice William Maynard leads by example in his quest to change the lives of young Indigenous men in his home town of Bairnsdale, East Gippsland. 

 12.05 PM 14 December, 2016

Community conference receives fire awareness award

The Living with Bushfire Community Conference has been recognised for its outstanding achievements in fire service partnerships in this year’s Fire Awareness Awards.

 11.12 AM 9 December, 2016

500 years of service at Marong

On Saturday 26 November 2016, Marong Fire Brigade (District 2) celebrated a huge milestone. The Brigade was recognised for over 500 years of combined service to CFA with various awards being presented to members.

 11.46 AM 5 December, 2016

Konongwootong Fire Brigade's 863 years of service

Konongwootong Fire Brigade acknowledged the extended volunteer service of 22 members of the community at an awards ceremony at the Konongwootong Hall on Saturday 26 November. 

 1.20 PM 30 November, 2016

Mornington Fire Brigade 100-year anniversary

Mornington Fire Brigade is planning to celebrate its 100th anniversary through a series of events and initiatives. 

 12.42 PM 29 November, 2016

Anglesea Fire Education Program wins top prize

Late last week (17 November) the 17th Attorney General's 2016 Resilient Australia Awards was hosted by Melbourne Museum and the National School Award was won by Anglesea Primary School for its involvement in the Anglesea Fire Education Partnership – Survive and Thrive Program.

 10.25 AM 22 November, 2016

CO Update – Stand up against domestic violence

This Friday (25 November) is White Ribbon Day and I would like to reinforce some really important messages around the issue of domestic violence. 

 11.59 AM 21 November, 2016

Medals awarded to FSCCs

Late last week (Thursday 18 November) in Ballarat, Chief Officer Steve Warrington had the honour of presenting National Emergency Medal’s and service awards to several well deserving Fire Service Communications Controllers (FSCC).

 9.40 AM 21 November, 2016

National Medals for Hamilton members

Hamilton’s Annual Brigade Dinner this year included the presentation of one National Emergency Medal, two National Medals and six Service Awards.

 9.59 AM 18 November, 2016

Bunyip member has 70 years with one brigade

On Saturday night 22 October Bunyip Fire Brigade held its Annual Awards and Dinner night at the Bunyip Football Club Social Rooms.  

 1.35 PM 9 November, 2016

Campbells Creek Awards Night

The Campbells Creek Bowling Club hosted the Annual Campbells Creek Awards Night and Dinner on Friday October 14.

 3.39 PM 7 November, 2016

Cape Clear FB Unit Citation Awards

On Wednesday 2 November, members of Cape Clear Fire Brigade accepted an unexpected invitation for lunch at the Cape Clear Hotel. 

 1.11 PM 7 November, 2016

Horrockses hero’s story comes to light

A special trophy presentation prompted Warracknabeal Fire Brigade to search for descendants of a firefighter who rescued a little boy from drowning at Lake Hindmarsh – all the way back in February 1937.

 10.53 AM 21 October, 2016

Nulla Vale salutes six remarkable volunteers

On 22 September, Nulla Vale Fire Brigade in District 12 celebrated the collective 335 years of service of six brigade members.

 12.58 PM 12 October, 2016

Hesket-Kerrie's 50th Anniversary

On Saturday 13 August, Hesket-Kerrie Fire Brigade held its annual brigade dinner at the Woodend RSL. But this was no ordinary dinner – it also celebrated the 50th anniversary of this small but busy brigade.  

 1.04 PM 3 October, 2016

Generous donation for Wareek & Bung Bong Fire Brigade

Wareek & Bung Bong Fire Brigade has secured a second tanker thanks to a generous donation from a family who suffered a heartbreaking loss during Black Saturday.

 12.03 PM 3 October, 2016

District 23 Staff Awards Presentation Day

District staff are always prepared and dedicated to serve the community in providing valuable support to our brigades and operational activities including ICC operations.

 3.19 PM 28 September, 2016

Wodonga West Brigade moves into new station

The rain cleared and the sun was shining when Wodonga West Fire Brigade moved its operations from its old station to a new station on Moorefield Park Drive in  Wodonga West on Saturday 10 September.

 12.45 PM 27 September, 2016

Nominate a CFA volunteer in Young Achiever Awards

CFA members can recognise our leaders of the future by nominating a volunteer in the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

 11.42 AM 15 September, 2016

Fire Awareness Award nominations closing soon

Victorian community members have only two weeks left to enter their fire projects in the 2016 Fire Awareness Awards.

 10.54 AM 2 September, 2016

Hardies Hill Fire Brigade – quiet achievers

Captain Alan Harrison gathered Hardies Hill brigade members for a meeting on 3 August.

 3.30 PM 31 August, 2016

Could your brigade be the next FAA winner?

Have you worked with your local community and developed a fire-focused prevention and preparedness initiative? The 2016 Fire Awareness Awards are open and would like to celebrate your good work.

 4.12 PM 3 August, 2016

AFSM Nominations - Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

CFA is in the process of consolidating nominations for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017. Due Date: 1 November, 2016 (CFA closing date)

 3.08 PM 2 August, 2016

Lancefield and Benloch awards

Lancefield Brigade (L) along with the Benloch Brigade (B) combined to hold their Annual Dinner and Service Awards Night on Sunday 17 July 2016. 

 12.39 PM 1 August, 2016

A ‘Wordback’ to our veteran volunteers

“Make tankers 10” is a radio call that goes out to VicFire dispatchers routinely from first responders to significant bushfires during high fire danger periods these days.

 4.50 PM 23 July, 2016