Congratulations to Peter Narducci on being awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Mr Narducci has been an active member of Pingelly
Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (WAVFRS) since 1975. During this time he has
undertaken many roles at the Pingelly Unit, including as Fire Control Officer,
Training Officer, and he is currently the Unit’s longest serving Secretary since
taking on that role in 2005.
His passion for helping others is an inspiration to his fellow volunteers, and he is a well- recognised and highly respected member of the Pingelly community.
As Training Officer he mentors and encourages members to upgrade their skills and learn from their peers to ensure they are ready for any incident that comes their way. His experience and supportive nature is paramount to his role as a Fire Control Officer. He has been fighting fires in the region for over 40 years and has used his knowledge of the area to develop and implement hazard reduction burn plans in the region since 1980.
His determination to keep his community safe saw him work tirelessly with the Shire of Pingelly to establish a plan to lessen the threat to the town in the event of a bushfire. He was a driving force in the seven-year rotational plan that was implemented to identify areas of high fuel loads surrounding the community. It is a testament to his, and the Pingelly VFRS’, dedication to work with stakeholders that their community is now extremely well prepared for bushfire season.
In addition to his active duties as a firefighter attending bushfire incidents, motor vehicle accidents, and structure fires, he has also dedicated a great deal of his time as a Peer Support Officer and he is the Team Leader for the Great Southern region. He is a strong advocate for provision of a solid support network for all volunteers and ensures he is always available to talk to his peers and provide advice when needed.
His commitment in this area contributes significantly to the Pingelly Unit’s consistently strong and long-serving membership base.
Mr Narducci goes above and beyond his duties as a volunteer firefighter at every opportunity and sets a fine example to new and serving members and his community in Western Australia.