Ser­vice in the fam­ily

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FOR Mal Boyd, fire­fight­ing is “a bit of a fam­ily thing”.

His dad gave 32 years to emer­gency ser­vices and his brother more than 30.

But Mr Boyd has trumped them both and says there is no re­tire­ment in sight.

The Mur­doch Fire Sta­tion­based sta­tion of­fi­cer was re­cently awarded an­other Dili­gent Ser­vice Medal clasp, this time for 40 years.

Dili­gent Ser­vice Medals are given to De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices ca­reer fire fight­ers and cor­po­rate staff who achieve 10 years of ser­vice, with a clasp is­sued ev­ery five years af­ter that.

“I still have the pas­sion and love work­ing in a dy­namic team,” he said.

Mr Boyd said his fa­ther had in­spired him to join just shy of his 21st birth­day, but it was the va­ri­ety of­fered by his role that kept him hun­gry.

As a sta­tion of­fi­cer, Mr Boyd man­ages the day-to-day man­age­ment of the Mur­doch Drive sta­tion, en­sures fire fight­ers are prop­erly trained for their roles, and co­or­di­nates op­er­a­tions at emer­gen­cies in­clud­ing road crashes, fires and chem­i­cal spills.

Mr Boyd said he had seen plenty of change across his time at sta­tions in Fremantle, the City, Kens­ing­ton, O’Con­nor and Mur­doch, par­tic­u­larly with tech­nol­ogy and the level of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

The 61-year-old was one of 58 re­cip­i­ents recog­nised with a Na­tional Medal, Dili­gent Ser­vices Medal or clasp.

Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Com­mis­sioner Dar­ren Klemm said all re­cip­i­ents were driven to help and pro­tect peo­ple when they needed it most.

Mur­doch Sta­tion Of­fi­cer Mal Boyd has been awarded a medal for 40 years as a fire­fighter.

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