Fire service honoured

Tony Fell with fellow brigade members Dave King, Magnus Ohman, Debbie Screen, Graham Hardy and Alan Clarke.
Tony Fell with fellow brigade members Dave King, Magnus Ohman, Debbie Screen, Graham Hardy and Alan Clarke.

Mundaring Shire President Helen Dullard attended the Parkerville Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade dinner to present national service medals and clasps.

The medals are awarded to members of recognised organisations who risk their lives or safety to protect the community.

Brigade medals were also presented to members who have volunteered between five to 25 years, with president Tony Fell one of the members awarded a clasp.

Mr Fell began as a volunteer firefighter in the Burn Brae brigade near Penshurst in the western districts of Victoria, when fire-fighting vehicles consisted of �farmers with tractors and trailers and the odd ancient fire-fighting truck�.

He joined the Parkerville brigade in 1986, attending hundreds of fires both in and out of the shire.

In 2008, he became president after holding a number of other committee positions including secretary, training officer, and elected member and in 2000, introduced the idea of brigade service medals.

�We recognise that people commit the time they can, when they can. Sometimes it may be only five years due to family or work commitments, but anything they can give is appreciated and we wanted to recognise that,� Mr Fell said.

�It is important to note that there are a range of volunteer positions available in local brigades. Our secretary does not fight fires but instead provides support by manning the station and radio communication.

�We have members from all walks of life but when we all come together we are the same, with the one focus and commitment to protect our community.�

People wanting to join one of the 10 local volunteer brigades in Mundaring can find contact details at mundaring.wa.gov.au.