Volunteer recognised for efforts fighting Waroona-Yarloop bushfire

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Dario Nikolic and City of Wanneroo community emergency services manager Paul Postma.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Dario Nikolic and City of Wanneroo community emergency services manager Paul Postma.

A NORTHERN suburbs volunteer firefighter has received recognition for his efforts in the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop bushfire.

Quinns Rocks Bush Fire Brigade member Dario Nikolic received a certificate of distinction from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services at a meritorious service awards ceremony held at the Wanneroo Civic Centre recently.

Second Lieutenant Nikolic was one of three recipients of the award in the North Coastal Metropolitan Region who were recognised for exceptional efforts during the Waroona fire as sector commanders.

They were also recognised for completing tasks under trying conditions that included reports of extreme fire danger and 50m flame heights, and for maintaining control and leadership of the sector and crews.

Mr Nikolic, who joined the Quinns Rocks Bush Fire Brigade in 2014 at the age of 21, said he was humbled his firefighting peers nominated him.

“It feels pretty good to be acknowledged for volunteer work amongst the community and it comes with a sense of pride that the work we did during that time was recognised with a certificate of distinction,” he said.

“It was a bit out of the norm and a bit uncomfortable (accepting the award) but it is good to sit back and be recognised by others who are out on the fire ground with me because they recognise and appreciate the work that I do.”

Mr Nikolic said being part of the brigade has seen him travel throughout WA and interstate and he urged community members to consider signing up as a volunteer.

His brigade will hold a station open day this weekend with the Wanneroo Fire Support Brigade – find more details here.