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Safety won't cost you anything...

...until you forget it.

Richard E. McArdie,
Chief , U.S. Forest Service, 1953

Lessons Learnt ...

Pyne: The Wallow Fire: The monster that didn't have to awaken

More Lesson's Learnt


8 June 2015

Queen's Birthday Honours list announced on June 8, 2015, Mr Patrick James BARLING was awarded the Australia Fire Services Medal. (see citation here)

11 March 2015

ACT Community Protection Medal - 2015

5 November 2014

National Medal for Emergency Service Personnel - 2014

9 June 2014

Queen's Birthday Honours list announced on June 9, 2014, Mr Andrew James STARK was awarded the Australia Fire Services Medal. (see citation here)

27 May 2014

The 2014 ACT Rural Fire Service Long Service Medal award ceremony was held at the Australian War Memorial. (see List of awardees here)

14 March 2014

ACT Community Protection Medal - 2014

20 November 2013

Official signing of the updated Volunteer Charter, ACT Legislative Assembly
photo courtesy Martin Greenwood

updated Volunteer Charter about 500kB PDF

25 June 2013

The inaugural ACT Rural Fire Service Long Service Medal award ceremony was held at the National Arboretum. (see List of awardees here)

11 June 2013

The National Emergency Medal, in recognition of service during the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, presented by The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mr Simon Corbell at the Australian War Memorial. (see List of awardees here)


9 September 2008

The A.C.T. Volunteer Charter which sets out principles and responsibilities for the ACT Government, the Emergency Services Agency, and volunteer emergency workers was signed today.

15 March 2007

The "Ides of March" 2007
Volunteer Bushfire Fighters Protest ACT Legislative Assembly 15 March 2007


Pat Barling
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