The final day of the 2017 WAFES Conference began with a wonderful celebration of some of the many very tall poppies among our diverse and invaluable Volunteer Bush Fire Service.

As well as several awards presented to career and VFRS firefighters, the annual awards breakfast saw the Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award presented to Will Carmody for his exceptional leadership in Captaining the Cascade Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.


Commissioner Wayne Gregson overseeing Mr Murray Lang presenting the award in his name to Cascade Captain Will Carmody


Will exemplifies the incredible spirit of our amazing volunteer bushfire women and men, especially in terms of his commitment to his local community. He has stepped up and led his community with so many innovative and empowering initiatives that build on the famous Australian mateship and resilience that has got us through drought and pouring rain. A very well-deserved recognition of one of many of our Volunteer Bush Fire Service’s many wonderful leaders. Congratulations Will!

The Murray Lang Bush Fire Awardee for 2017: Will Carmody


The Team Achievement Award was presented to the Argyle Irishtown Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade for work in building resilience and preparedness in their local community.

The Argyle Irishtown VBFB – winners of the 2017 Team Achievement Award


While many of the 580+ Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades across WA are equally deserving, the Argyle Irishtown Bush Fire Brigade was honoured to win this year’s Team Achievement Award because of their amazing voluntary work in using their local knowledge and support networks to build resilience into their community by undertaking intensive mitigation and preparedness works – something almost exclusive to the domain of volunteer bush fire brigades. The team has also made special efforts to engage with their broader community by holding debriefs after incidents, working with residents to help assess properties and other practical initiatives to help locals take control of their preparedness and bush fire safety.

Congratulations team – another very well deserved recognition.

Award winners Will Carmody and members of the Argyle Irishtown Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

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