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MFB Commander receives Australia Day honours

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26 Jan 2015
MFB Commander Graeme Gant has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal as part of the Australia Day honours.

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services. It is awarded to paid and volunteer members.  It is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, state and territory ministers.

The full citation for Commander Graeme Gant is as follows:

In recognition of Commander Graeme Gant’s dedication and professionalism in the development of a world class training facility that meets the needs of the Emergency Services sector now and into the future.   The Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) – Craigieburn campus provides state of the art training facilities that will allow not only the MFB but the whole emergency services sector to obtain and maintain the valuable skills necessary to support and protect the community.    The facility encompasses a safe and practical learning environment that replicates hazards that emergency services workers face on a daily basis.

Commander Gant has operated at a level above and beyond his rank whether it has been within his work at the MFB, EMA or on the VEMTC project.   Whether dealing with high level management, consulting with the relevant stakeholders, or communicating project milestones, Commander Gant has shown his great strength and ability to influence positive outcomes for the good of the emergency services sector and the community.    His work has been a significant driver in bringing the MFB’s VEMTC project to a successful conclusion and has been a significant achievement.

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