MFB officers, Station Officer John Hale and Senior Station Officer Paul Illman, have been awarded Australian Fire Service Medals in this year's Australia Day Honours.
Station Officer John Hale
John was nominated for distinguished service and outstanding bravery and heroism as an operational Station Officer with the MFB and to the community over 22 years. John has demonstrated creativity and commitment in the design, development and implementation of innovative changes in the area of Road Safety Education (RSE) and Fire Safety for International Students, making a significant difference in the Fire Service and community. Through his drive, leadership, innovation and determination the MFB is now recognised as a competent and effective part of RSE delivery into secondary schools in Victoria.
Senior Station Officer Paul Illman
Paul was nominated for outstanding service to the community and the MFB over 24 years, through development of commercial fire safety courses aimed at empowering building occupants to initiate life-saving actions before the arrival of the fire service; and empowering teenage secondary school students to make responsible decisions when driving or travelling as a passenger in a motor vehicle. During his secondment to the West Samoa Fire Service in 1994, Paul was responsible for developing capacity amongst West Samoan firefighters through tailored training courses procedures and systems enabling delivery of services independently.
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