Queen's honour for Warren
THE captain of Byron Bay’s Fire and Rescue NSW squad has been awarded the Australian Fire Services medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Captain Warren Simmons joined the Byron Bay station in 1978 as he and his crew are regular visitors to many schools, nursing homes and community groups in the area.
His advice and proactive help to the local community has greatly contributed to the fire safety of the North Coast, according to Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher.
The Australian Fire Services Medal, is one of the highest honours for Australian fire fighters.
“These medals are in recognitions of the ongoing hard work and dedication demonstrated by emergency service workers across NSW,” Mr Gallacher said.
“Whether they are volunteers or paid officers, these dedicated individuals have and continue to show, a steadfast commitment to the protection of the people of NSW during times of emergency – a commitment, which at times poses a risk to their own personal safety.”
Captain Simmons is one of only three FRNSW members to receive the award State-wide. Six Rural Fire Service fire fighters also received the award.