A DERWENT Valley volunteer firefighter has been named a finalist in the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards in not one, but two categories — for his work with two different groups.
Lachlan resident Dallas Baker, 73, was a finalist in the emergency services category last month for his work with the Lachlan Fire Brigade at the volunteering awards.
He was also a finalist in the heritage and tourism award for his efforts with the Friends of Deal Island Wildcare.
The veteran volunteer is the second finalist from the Lachlan Fire Station in as many years — after fire chief David Hill was nominated last year — and he has no plans to slow down.
“When I die I’ll stop, that’s my plan,” Mr Baker said. “My wife would like me to stop, but I can’t.”
Mr Baker has been volunteering on Deal Island, north of Tasmania, with his wife, Shirley, since 2002.
The couple has done four three-month stints as caretakers on the island, along with 20 two-week working bees.
Mr Baker was named Citizen of the Year for Brisbane in 1989, and received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1998 before moving to Lachlan in 2004.
“When we got to Tasmania my wife said ‘It’s time you stopped volunteering’,” he said.
Before too long, though, the local fire service came knocking, and Mr Baker has since risen to the rank of District Officer for the Lower Derwent.