Dedication worthy of firefighting medals
Firies have fought the flames for more than 20 years
RURAL firefighters have received some hard-earned recognition for their service to the community at Coalstoun Lakes Hall.
National Medals and Diligent and Ethical Service Medals were awarded to 10 Coalstoun Lakes fire wardens at a presentation on Saturday. All the medal recipients had more than 20 years of service, with several having served for more than 35 years.
Councillor Lofty Wendt praised the firefighters’ efforts.
“Your service is absolutely invaluable,” Cr Wendt said.
“We don’t have regular firefighters, we rely on our volunteers. Without volunteers in rural communities we don’t exist.”
Rural Fire Operations Inspector Tony Johnstone said “when we are fighting fires, we need our local brigade”.
Long service awardees were Keith Cocking, Geoff Corfield, Fred Fowler, Ivan Fowler, Gary Hunter, Roy Hunter, Steve Marshall, Darrin Rackemann, Mark Rackemann and Bill Staib.
LONG SERVICE AWARDS: Ivan Fowler, Tony Johnstone, Gary Hunter, Kevin “Lofty” Wendt, Alan Fowler, Darrin Rackemann, Bill Staib, Roy Hunter, Steve Marshall and Mark Rackemann.