Victoria Volunteer Hearth Division awards Lifetime Membership to Greg Fithall of Beazley’s Bridge Hearth Brigade | The Stawell Occasions Information

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Greg Fithall received his second major honor this year, with a lifetime membership with the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department following his Ambulance Service Medal. Mr Fithall, ASM, joined Beazley’s Bridge Fire Brigade when he was 16 and 53 years later, he is still going strong. “I’m still an active member and firefighter and I’m enjoying it a lot,” he said. The sheep farmer from near St. Arnaud started out as a runner in the brigade’s competition team and is still involved in organizing the running competitions that often inspire a new generation of volunteer firefighters. Mr. Fithall also made a strong contribution to the VFBV by holding the State Council, Deputy State Councilor and other district boards while also overseeing the current district board. In addition to serving as Beazley’s bridge secretary for eight years, he has always been an active firefighter who not only protected the local community but also joined many strike teams and received a Black Saturday medal for his contribution during the 2009 fires. OTHER NEWS: “It’s the community I like,” he said. “You meet people from different places and then meet them in the back of a truck somewhere miles from your home. It’s very rewarding.” He also enjoys working for the VFBV and working for volunteers. He admits that he likes to take problems when they arise. “I was a little surprised to be a member of the VFBV for life, but I was very honored,” he said. Fithall says volunteering is an important part of local communities, but fears that not enough younger people will be willing to get involved, even though it will benefit them as much as their communities. “It’s a good education and there are good opportunities for people to develop personally and in their well-being,” he said. Mr. Fithall has been a community ambulance officer at St. Arnaud for 21 years and was awarded an ASM on Australia Day this year. He was also involved in the agricultural society and in local service associations. VFBV CEO Adam Barnett said volunteers like Mr Fithall are the heart and soul of their communities and the CFA. “Volunteers are vital to emergency management in Victoria, and through his roles with the VFBV and competitions, Greg has helped support and nurture many generations of firefighters in addition to his role as an active firefighter.” You can now get updates from the Stawell Times news straight to your inbox while you are with us. Sign up here to stay up to date with all the news from the region.

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Greg Fithall received his second major honor this year, with a lifetime membership with the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department following his Ambulance Service Medal.

Mr Fithall, ASM, joined Beazley’s Bridge Fire Brigade when he was 16 and 53 years later, he is still going strong.

“I’m still an active member and firefighter and I’m enjoying it a lot,” he said.

The sheep farmer from near St. Arnaud started out as a runner in the brigade’s competition team and is still involved in organizing the running competitions that often inspire a new generation of volunteer firefighters.

Mr. Fithall also made a strong contribution to the VFBV by holding the State Council, Deputy State Councilor and other district boards while also overseeing the current district board.

In addition to serving as Beazley’s bridge secretary for eight years, he has always been an active firefighter who not only protected the local community but also joined many strike teams and received a Black Saturday medal for his contribution during the 2009 fires.

“It’s the community that I like,” he said.

“You meet people from different places and then meet them in the back of a truck somewhere miles from your home. It’s very rewarding.”

He also enjoys working for the VFBV and working for volunteers. He admits that he likes to take problems when they arise.

“I was a little surprised to be a member of the VFBV for life, but I was very honored,” he said.

Fithall says volunteering is an important part of local communities, but fears that not enough younger people will be willing to get involved, even though it will benefit them as much as their communities.

“It’s a good education and there are good opportunities for people to develop personally and in their well-being,” he said.

Mr. Fithall has been a community ambulance officer at St. Arnaud for 21 years and was awarded an ASM on Australia Day this year. He was also involved in the agricultural society and in local service associations.

VFBV CEO Adam Barnett said volunteers like Mr Fithall are the heart and soul of their communities and the CFA.

“Volunteers are vital to emergency management in Victoria, and through his roles with the VFBV and competitions, Greg has helped support and nurture many generations of firefighters in addition to being an active firefighter.”

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