Representatives from 53 VFRS member Brigades attended the Association AGM on Thursday 6th September – a great effort given it was a weekday.
Along with the usual AGM business, the members heard an update from Acting Chief Superintendent John Tillman AFSM with regards to the current status of the Rural Fire Division and the Bushfire Centre of Excellence; whilst Assistant Commissioner Brad Stringer passed on the thanks of Deputy Commissioners Lloyd Bailey AFSM and Mal Cronstedt AFSM.
President Paul du Boulay presented the surprised (and quite emotional) former Association Executive Officer Max Osborn AFSM with life membership of the Association. This had been voted on at the August Executive meeting, but was not minuted in the version sent to Brigades to keep the surprise!
At the end of proceedings we were joined by FES Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM (who had advised of the delay in his attendance caused by AFAC commitments) and the Minister for Emergency Services, the Honorable Fran Logan MLA. Both agreed to address the members and we know this was appreciated by all.
Our thanks to all Members who attended both the Conference and the AGM – we continue to be very proud of your conduct at these events.
Congratulations also to our Firefighting Awards recipients – they will be recognised in separate news stories.