Congratulations to Peter Narducci on being awarded
the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours
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
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.