TWO life memberships and two commendation for service awards were among the highlights of Camperdown Fire Brigade’s awards presentation night at Camperdown Golf Club last Friday.
Danny Gordon and Chris Winsall were recognised with life membership of the CFA, following 35 years of service.
Mr Gordon joined the Camperdown Fire Brigade on July 28, 1980 and served as a 2nd Lieutenant for two years and 1st Lieutenant for 25 years, a position he still holds.
Mr Winsall has served on the Brigade Management Team for more than 22 years, having held the position of foreman, apparatus officer, 2nd Lieutenant and 4th Lieutenant.
They become the 15th and 16th life members of the Camperdown Fire Brigade in the brigade’s 118-year history.
Up until 2012, there had never been any life memberships of the brigade until a proposal was approved in 2011 that life membership be bestowed upon any member who has given at least 35 years of voluntary service to the brigade.
The other 14 life members were awarded their life memberships retrospectively.
Camperdown captain Peter Stephens and secretary Bernie Sinnott were presented with commendation for service awards for their outstanding actions, leadership and service over a prolonged period.
Mr Stephens has served the Camperdown CFA for 48 years, with roles as apparatus officer, foreman, 1st Lieutenant, captain and Group delegate.
Mr Sinnott said Mr Stephens’ contribution to the fire brigade should not be understated.
“Peter Stephens has been captain of the Camperdown Fire Brigade for 25 years and has led the brigade with distinction, responsibility and diplomacy, and has provided service to the brigade above and beyond what could be reasonably expected of someone in a similar position,” he said.
“How fortunate I have been to serve the brigade alongside Peter, who at all times as captain has shown outstanding leadership in the encouragement and development of others, particularly our younger members, within the fire brigade, and fostering and furthering aims of the brigade and the CFA to the long-term benefits of the community.”
Mr Sinnott has served the Camperdown CFA for 42 years with roles both within the local brigade and in the Camperdown Group as deputy Group officer and communications officer.
There were also a further six service medals awarded with Peter Moore (30 years), Bevis Welsby, Nissa Pender and Michael Carman (10 years) and Sam O’Flynn and Sam McDonald (five years) recognised for their contributions.
Rex Lucas was the toast of the brigade, taking home his third consecutive Firefighter of the Year award, having been voted the best by his peers.