John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    Guildford fire volunteers celebrate 100 years’ service

    23/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Emergency Services Minister John Kobelke today paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of members from the Guildford Volunteer Fire Brigade, which is celebrating 100 years of service.


    The Minister attended the brigade’s centenary dinner on Friday night to present five medals to volunteers who had given five or 10 years of service.


    Mr Kobelke said that over the years, the brigade had saved many buildings that today made up part of the heritage appeal of the old town site.


    “One hundred years ago, a property fire in Guildford inspired a group of volunteers to establish the brigade and they remain active to this very day,” he said.


    “The brigade has endured for 100 years, thanks to community support and the efforts of committed volunteers, who put in the time and energy to maintain the service and respond in times of need.


    “I congratulate the volunteers who received their service medals and thank them for their dedication to the Guildford community.”


    The recipients of the 10-year service medals were Brigade Captain Neil Hawkins, Keith McCarren and Anthony Dean, with Jarrod Pickering and Ash Peczka each receiving five-year service medals.


    The Guildford Volunteer Fire Brigade attended an average of one incident a week during the past 12 months.


    The volunteers work together with firefighters from surrounding Fire and Rescue Service Stations and regularly attend major fires throughout each summer season in the Perth region.


    They also have a long record of achievement as winners and record holders at State and National Firefighting Championships and demonstrations.


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