MT HELENA Voluntary Bush Fire Brigade celebrated decades of protecting the community with the presentation of three national medals and service awards to firefighters.
The 2017 award recipients provided 173 years of voluntary emergency service between them.
Rod Voullaire topped the national honours with 34 years’ emergency service in four states including the last eight years in Mt Helena.
Brendon Cox was next in line with 23 years of service in the Perth Hills and Tracey Bolland received her national award for 17 years across WA brigades.
Family and colleagues at last Saturday’s ceremony with newly-appointed Mundaring Shire Chief Bush Fire Control Officer Jamie O’Neill and Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw saw the volunteer firefighters presented with their medals.
Retired Mundaring Shire chief executive Max Williams paid tribute to the volunteers and their role within the community.
Firefighters receive service recognition from the Department of Fire and Emergency Service from five years onwards.
The medals represent the hours of time freely given by the men and women who risk their lives to defend their community in times of emergency and natural disaster.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer firefighter, visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au/ResidentServices/FireEmergency.