Firey finalist humble

Baldivis Bush Fire Brigade’s Rik Mills is a finalist in the 2013 |Firefighting Awards. Picture: Elle Borgward d405382
Baldivis Bush Fire Brigade’s Rik Mills is a finalist in the 2013 |Firefighting Awards. Picture: Elle Borgward d405382

Mr Mills was nominated in the Youth Achievement category and is no stranger to the division, after winning the award in 2009.

He joins 10 other WA firefighters recognised for their devotion to duty, courage in the line of duty, contribution beyond normal expectations and achievement in community education.

Beginning his career as a DFES emergency service cadet at Tranby College in 2003 before transferring to Baldivis in 2007, Mr Mills told the Courier he felt honoured to have been recognised for his contributions in the brigade, but said there were many other volunteers making the same contribution to the community.

‘The job is certainly dangerous, but with the training provided, you can safely identify the dangers and if possible, how to mitigate the risks associated with them,’ he said.

When asked to name some of the most significant incidents in his career to date, Mr Mills cited fires in the Avon Valley, Margaret River and Red Hill.

Mr Mills also works as a DFES fire safety officer.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in September.