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