Bangalow Fire Brigade captain wins first NSW safety award
BANGALOW Fire Brigade deputy captain Mellissa Madden has been named the winner of the inaugural Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner's Safety Awards.
The award is in recognition of her work and leadership in supporting fellow firefighters during and after traumatic incidents.
FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins presented Deputy Captain Madden with the award at a ceremony in Sydney on Friday.
"The ... awards program was introduced this year ... to recognise FRNSW workers who make an outstanding contribution to improving or promoting safety," Commissioner Mullins said.
"Our employees put their lives on the line every day so, as an organisation, we make safety priority.
"We want to honour, encourage and promote the actions of those who make an effort to make our jobs safer."
The awards saw 65 FRNSW employees nominated for their outstanding safety initiatives and leadership.
"Deputy Captain Madden was nominated for her leadership through FRNSW's critical incident support program, both within her region and across the state.
"This volunteer peer support program offers help to employees who are affected by traumatic incidents or the cumulative effect of critical incidents over their career.
"Deputy Captain Madden has been able to use her involvement ... to generate discussion about other cultural, health and safety issues which relate to the challenges posed to retained or on-call firefighters."
Deputy Captain Madden, who also took out the best individual contribution to workplace health and safety category, said she was honoured.
"I am overwhelmed, especially given the calibre of nominations," Ms Madden said.
"The critical incident support program is extremely important to FRNSW, and especially to me as a deputy captain, to ensure our firefighters have the follow-up support they need.
"I hope my work has helped make a difference."