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MFB firefighter dedicated to safety receives Australian Fire Service Medal

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13 Jun 2016
MFB Station Officer Paul Emsden has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal as part of the Queen's Birthday 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 Station Officer Paul Emsden is as follows:

In recognition of the professionalism, leadership, initiative and engagement demonstrated over twelve years to the professional development of firefighters in line with MFB’s quest to provide a safer community for Victoria.  

Station Officer Emsden’s work in the development of the role of Zone/District Training Officer (outside his normal workload), has driven a cultural change and brought a new approach to training that ensures firefighters maintain a higher level of operational skills. 

This initiative, coupled with Paul’s committed work in developing resource tools and a Skills Maintenance recording database, has led to a systemic approach that provides major improvements in firefighter skill sets, enhances firefighter safety and the quality of service delivered to the community.

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