A CITY of Gosnells employee was one of just four West Australians who received an Australian Fire Service Medal on Australia Day.
Emergency management officer Rod Wallington was recognised as part of the Governor General’s Australia Day Honours for his 24 years of involvement in volunteer fire brigades.
Mr Wallington admitted he was not expecting to be recognised, but said he was proud to have served alongside his second family for so many years.
“The brigade and emergency services generally are like a big family,” he said.
“I think once you’ve been involved in it for a few years it just becomes part of who you are, which is why more than half of the 60-odd volunteers in the Gosnells Bushfire Brigade have been doing it for more than five years.
“I have met some amazing people from diverse backgrounds and we travel to and explore places I would never have visited or even heard of, so being part of the brigade is always providing new and exciting things.”
Currently Gosnells Bushfire Brigade chief bushfire control officer, Mr Wallington has previously attend incidents within the City and across the state, including house fires, bushfires, storms and car crashes.