Congratulations to former Association President Francis Burgoyne on being awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Mr Burgoyne joined the Brunswick Junction Volunteer Fire Brigade, now the Brunswick Junction Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (BJVFRS), in1977. Since that time he has championed the volunteering cause in the fire and rescue services and is greatly respected by his peers locally and throughout the State.
As well as being an active firefighter for 39 years he has also served as Captain of the Brunswick Junction VFRS from 1998-2002 and again since 2012. In addition to the Captaincy he has held many positions within the brigade including as Lieutenant, Apparatus Officer and Coach of the junior and senior competition teams. From 2005-2009 he served as President of the WAVFRS Association.
As South West Zone Representative for the WAVFRS Association he worked collaboratively with the 20 Brigades in the zone to bring about local change to fire service operations and to raise operational and administrative issues with the State VFRS Association.
After a year as a Representative he was elected as President of the Association and during his tenure he provided input to all operational, funding and administrative policy development with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. He also served from 2001-2009 as Chairman of the Shire of Harvey Council Bushfire Advisory Committee.
In 2016 under his leadership the Brunswick Junction VFRS battled a number of large bushfires within a six week period including the devastating fire that impacted Harvey and raged through the town of Yarloop. He has also focussed on recruitment and development of volunteers in the Brigade and this is reflected in the positive effect on volunteer recruitment.
He has overseen the development of training opportunities giving younger members the chance to increase their skillset. He also uses his role as Captain to guide local emergency preparedness through continued community engagement.
Mr Burgoyne embodies the spirit of volunteerism and VFRS in Western Australia.