Out­stand­ing CFA ser­vice

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE

KEVIN At­teridge is very much the pub­lic face of the Springhurst Coun­try Fire Author­ity.

And this Fri­day night, he and 23 fel­low CFA vol­un­teers from ru­ral bri­gades across the Wan­garatta dis­trict, will be awarded Life Mem­ber­ship Medals at a cel­e­bra­tory din­ner at The Gate­way Mo­tel in Wan­garatta.

CFA mem­bers with more than 30 years ded­i­cated ser­vice in one or more fire bri­gades, or with CFA, may be nom­i­nated for a CFA Life Mem­ber­ship Medal.

Key el­e­ments taken into ac­count in award­ing the medal are an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to CFA or brigade over many years, con­tri­bu­tions to CFA or brigade that have en­hanced its stand­ing within its mem­ber­ship and wider com­mu­nity, com­mit­ment that doesn’t seek per­sonal re­ward and a high level of recog­ni­tion from within CFA or brigade of the nom­i­nee’s work over a num­ber of years.

Lieu­tenant At­teridge has served 53 years within the CFA, in roles such as op­er­a­tions man­ager, cap­tain, group of­fi­cer, and more than 30 years de­vel­op­ing and nur­tur­ing the CFA’s ju­nior pro­gram for teenagers.

Wan­garatta-based brigade ad­min­is­tra­tion sup­port of­fi­cer, Craig Hear­son, said Mr At­teridge “is clearly a leader in both his com­mu­nity and the CFA com­mu­nity”.

“He has been in­volved in lo­cal bri­gades, lo­cal groups, state groups, com­mu­nity ed- uca­tion, health and safety... he’s a very im­pres­sive and in­spir­ing in­di­vid­ual,” Mr Hear­son said.

Stay­ing hum­ble about his achieve­ment, Mr At­teridge said it’s all about team work.

“Even though the medal is award­ing the work I do, it’s al­ways a team ef­fort,” he said.

“From vol­un­teers to mem­bers to my good lady, ev­ery­one is part of a team.”

Fri­day’s night’s awards will be pre­sented by CFA deputy chief Gary Cook.

PHOTO: Leah An­der­son-Byrne

CFA FOR LIFE: Lieu­tenant Kevin At­teridge is among 24 CFA mem­bers who’ll be awarded life mem­ber­ship on Fri­day.

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