Congratulations to Tony Moiler (aka Robert Anthony Moiler) on being awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Mr Moiler joined Kalamunda Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service (WAVFRS) in 1978 and since 1997 has led the Brigade in the Captain’s role. He is the longest serving Captain of the Kalamunda Unit.
He has a distinguished service history encompassing exceptional performance and passion which has been of significant benefit to the Brigade and to the Kalamunda community. He was the key driver in procuring a training room for the Brigade to ensure members can develop and refine their emergency response skills in appropriate facilities on site. He produced the plan for the extension and approached stakeholders in the community who could contribute goods and services to the build of the facility, and he also was vital in fundraising for the project.
The expansion of the Brigade’s premises has also allowed for south east metropolitan region training to be conducted there which has strengthened relationships with other brigades including the neighbouring Kalamunda Bush Fire Brigade. He is a staunch advocate for his unit and doing what he can so the Kalamunda VFRS members have the necessary skills and equipment to effectively protect and defend their community in a major incident.
He is also a mentor for all in his Brigade and is dedicated to making sure his members have access to every opportunity to further their skills. The best example of this can be found in the career fire and rescue ranks. There are currently 14 Firefighters, Station Officers, Community Emergency Services Managers (CESM) and District Officers who came through the Kalamunda VFRS ranks. There are few stations across Western Australia that can boast the number of career members that Kalamunda has developed.
The positive and supportive environment that Mr Moiler has built extends to the impressive retention of volunteers, and over the last 20 years the Brigade has kept a stable membership while still gaining a healthy interest from external community members. His commitment to his community in Western Australia is most noteworthy.