Top of the ladder firey recognised
ROSS Mead doesn’t do his job to win awards.
So when he was told he had won an excellence award at the Kensington-based Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) annual graduation and awards ceremony, he was surprised and humbled.
Mr Mead is a senior fire training officer with more than 30 years of experience in fire management.
“It was a surprise when I was contacted that I was going to win the award.” he said.
“I must confess, I was quite humbled.
“It was not something you expect, you don’t do the job for that sort of thing, you do the job because you care about it.
“I love the bush and I find it an interesting, challenging and rewarding occupation.”
Mr Mead started as a field officer for the fire department when he first started work.
His first fire season was more than 40 years ago and there had been a lot of change since then, but he said one thing remained the same about fires.
“It doesn’t matter how good we get with technology or how much equipment we need and have, at the end of the day someone has to go get out on the end of the hose and go out and put the fire out,” he said.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said it was important to acknowledge the work of DPaW fire officers in protecting lives.