FRV firefighters awarded Australian Fire Service Medals

Monday, 25 January 2021 at 11:58 pm

Two Fire Rescue Victoria firefighters have been awarded the prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal as part of today’s Australia Day Honours.

Deputy Commissioner Operational Training Brendan Angwin and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Craig Brownlie have received the award, which recognises their 40 and 30 year careers respectively.

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australia’s fire services. It is awarded to both paid and volunteer firefighters.

The medal is bestowed on recipients by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers.

Deputy Commissioner Angwin has served Fire Rescue Victoria and the Victorian community as a career firefighter since 1981. 

He has been instrumental in the training and development of firefighters, and in developing a contemporary qualifications framework, establishing pathways for the professional development of firefighters under a nationally accredited training model.

ACFO Brownlie began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the CFA before becoming a career firefighter in 1995, where he rose through operational ranks while working to improve truck and systems design.

ACFO Brownlie’s ability to effectively manage complex incidents is internationally recognised. He was deployed for more than 45 days to the United States to deal with devastating wildfires in Oregon and Washington State.

Fire Rescue Commissioner Ken Block said that DC Angwin and ACFO Brownlie had both made significant contributions to Victoria’s fire services sector and congratulated them on the achievement.

“They have demonstrated their commitment to the safety of the Victorian community throughout their careers and lives,” he said.

“Their dedication and tireless efforts to improve Victoria’s fire and rescue services, for both the community and their colleagues, is to be commended, and I am incredibly proud of their work.

“I congratulate them on receiving the Australian Fire Service Medal and thank them for their continued service to the Victorian community, and to FRV.”

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