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Special recognition awards for MFB staff

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27 Nov 2014
Congratulations to all Special Recognition Award recipients presented on Sunday!

CEO’s Safety Award: Station Officer Rod Eggleston

This award is open to individuals or teams in recognition of notable, outstanding demonstration of working positively to build the culture, innovation, leadership or peer intervention that builds the foundation of MFB safety.
Rod is a long serving and well regarded member of the MFB and was nominated by his colleague Roger Barnes, with the support of A/DCO Adam Dalrymple. Rod was nominated for implementing positive changes and commitment to supporting peers as part of the Peer Support Program co-ordinator. He fostered important relationships within the peer community and other emergency services, placing MFB at the forefront of peer coordination and delivery in the sector. He has also worked to increase the health and fitness of employees at Eastern Hill, particularly corporate employees, by introducing morning Boot Camp sessions, outside of his normal working hours.

CEO Special Recognition Award: Julie Harris (finalist)

This award recognises an individual or team award for excellence in leadership, team work, outstanding community service, innovation or continuous improvement.  Julie is the Manager of At Risk in the Community Resilience Department. She has done significant research and policy development addressing the growing issue of hoarding – in particular the development of Home Fire Safety Packages for the community care sector and the development of the Hoarding Notification System.  She has also been instrumental in promoting more sustainable models of smoke alarms and has worked on numerous coronial inquests to address problems around tenancy agreements and fire safety.

CEO Special Recognition Award: Templestowe Fire Station C platoon (winner)

Lead by Station Officer Tim Fryer (pictured) this crew has demonstrated particularly exceptional teamwork and impressive involvement with the community. The group proactively collaborates with MFB and inter-agency members to continuously improve our combined service delivery to the community.  They also consistently go above and beyond the call of duty, such as the support they recently provided to a family recovering from a house fire in which the children lost all of their toys. This has significantly helped the children to normalise the incident and assisted in their recovery.  The group’s ongoing work to actively involve a local man with severe disabilities in station duties and team building and other simulated exercises is notable.


Chief Officer's Scholarship: Leading Firefighter Steve O’Malley (AFSM)

Steve is the Multicultural Liaison Officer in Central Zone and amongst other roles is the Vice President of Women and Fire fighting Australasia (WAFA)
In 2008 Steve became a White Ribbon Ambassador and has been involved in a number of primary prevention initiatives which go some way to contribute to the global efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women.
His project will investigate how a high performing and highly regarded emergency services provider such as the MFB can contribute to the elimination of violence against women (and children) in our communities.
His study tour includes meeting with those involved in similar projects in the UK.
This project will also substantially develop, inform and enhance MFB’s position on the innovative Victorian Emergency Management ‘Gender and Disaster Taskforce’, which aims to reduce the compounding effects of gender on disaster impacts.


Chief Officer's Scholarship: Station Officer Tim Wadsworth

Tim has been instrumental in the MFB’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilot program.
UAVs provide us with an opportunity for emergency services to improve intelligence gathering and situational awareness at incidents and while the MFB’s program has given us new perspective at major fires and incidents, we still have much to learn from our counterparts abroad who have established drone programs in place
As you can imagine, the technology is still new and developing rapidly. There are operational and legislative barriers for us to overcome.  On his world tour – taking in London, New York and Canada – Tim will review current practises of UAV operators in this arena and develop a report which will assist the MFB and other emergency service agencies with the development of their UAV programs.

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