Top of the lad­der firey recog­nised

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - D439390

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.

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