National Medal for Alan Price
CHIEF Officer for the CFA Ewan Ferguson has presented Pound Creek Rural Fire Brigade’s Alan Price with a National Medal.
The presentation was made on Saturday, April 20 at Pound Creek’s annual dinner at the fire station attended by more than 100 people.
It is the second time Pound Creek has had the honour of welcoming Ewan Ferguson, he previously attended an Australia Day event in 2012.
According to Pound Creek’s captain Peter Vanzuyden, Alan was totally shocked when the announcement was made, having no idea the medal was about to come his way.
Alan Price’s service records show he has held down many positions since joining the brigade in 1981. These include Pound Creek captain from 1988-1996, fourth Deputy Group Officer from 1996-1998, third DGO from 1998-2004, group officer from 2004-2008, and second DGO from 2008-2010.
He has been a Pound Creek brigade member now for 32 years this year.
In the nomination of Mr Price by Peter Van Zuyden it states that “Alan has been and continues to be an extremely active and very notable local CFA identity, known throughout the local community and the Gippsland CFA district as a person whose diligence and dedication to the role as CFA volunteer is exemplary, given the wide range of responsibilities Alan has undertaken since commencing with the local brigade just over 30 yers ago.”
Since 1981 Alan has continued to pursue any number of CFA courses involving hundreds of hours of study. As a result Alan has become one of the most qualified firefighters in Gippsland.
Despite his volunteer status, Alan is recognised throughout the district and the Gippsland region as a noted CFA leader within the ranks of both volunteers and paid professionals the nomination stated.
“Alan is a very community spirited person,” Mr Vanzuyden told The Star.
“He is always helping other people and not just within the CFA. Alan attends Fullham prison most Fridays in a counseling capacity, he is an elder at his church, he also co-ordinates the Anglican opportunity shop in Inverloch.”
“It is staggering to wonder how Alan has the time to do what he does,” Mr Vanzuyden said.
“It was great to have Chief Officer Ewan Ferguson here for his second visit in 15 months.”
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