Published: 5th May 2006

The Minister for Emergency Services Tony Kelly today presented bravery awards to 20 NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) firefighters at a special ceremony as part of International Firefighters Day celebrations.

“These firefighters have been recognised for their courageous actions at two incidents where they put their own safety at risk to protect members of the community,” Mr Kelly said.

He said two NSWFB firefighters from Campbelltown Fire Station received a Commendation for Courageous Action for their actions at a house fire in Hoddle Avenue, Bradbury on 2 March 2006.

“Calling on their years of experience and training, these firefighters rescued an elderly couple from their burning home,” he said.

“Senior Firefighter Brent Smith tore a security door off its hinges before kicking in a wooden door and entered the rear of the home wearing breathing apparatus and protective equipment.

“Once inside he found a woman semi-conscious in the kitchen and he dragged her to safety.

“At the same time, Senior Firefighter Bob Hodge broke through a loungeroom window and braved the intense heat of the fire to rescue a man from a bedroom.

“Its very likely both people would have died in the blaze if not for the brave actions of these firefighters.”.

Eighteen firefighters from Liverpool, Horningsea Park and Busby fire stations also received Unit Commendations for Meritorious Service for their actions at a fatal house fire in Christie Street, Liverpool on 28 May 2003.

“Firefighters entered the burning house and rescued six people including two unconscious children,” Mr Kelly said.

“Firefighters resuscitated the two children before they were transported to hospital but sadly the children later died in hospital,” he said.

“I commend these firefighters on the courageous and professional manner in which they carried out their duties in extremely demanding conditions.”

The awards were presented at the NSWFB’s State Training College, Alexandria where a class of 19 recruit firefighters graduated as part of the NSWFB’s International Firefighters Day celebrations.

“These recipients set a fantastic example for these newly appointed firefighters,” Mr Kelly said.

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Commendation for Courageous Action  
Name Fire Station
Senior Firefighter Bob Hodge Campbelltown
Senior Firefighter Brent Smith Campbelltown
Unit Commendation for Meritorious Service  
Name Fire Station
Inspector Chris Wilson Horningsea Park
Senior Firefighter David Elliot Horningsea Park
Firefighter Paul Talbot Horningsea Park
Firefighter James Goodhew Horningsea Park
Station Officer Greg Houston Liverpool
Senior Firefighter Terrence Hay Liverpool
Senior Firefighter Kevin Schmitzer Liverpool
Senior Firefighter Mark Ecob Liverpool
Station Officer Steven Hayes Liverpool
Senior Firefighter Glenn Jobbins Liverpool
Firefighter Rod Trueman Liverpool
Firefighter David Gill Liverpool
Firefighter Mark Ovey Liverpool
Retained Firefighter Justin Clarke Liverpool
Station Officer James Towle Busby
Senior Firefighter Stephen Webb Busby
Senior Firefighter Carl Lenholm Busby
Senior Firefighter Kevin Smith Busby

Firefighters listed below graduated from the NSWFB’s recruit firefighter program.

Name Station
Ryan Shannon City of Sydney
Natalie Tarrant City of Sydney
Andrew Gore City of Sydney
Ben Wheeler City of Sydney
Stephen Gilbert Regentville
David Mace Lakemba
Scott Wilson Ryde
Tu Tran Schofields
Simon De Silva Dunheved
Richard Fallon Chester Hill
Ben May Guildford
Matthew Thistlewaite Burwood
Robert McIntosh Fairfield
Quoc Tri Hoang The Rocks
Daniel Green Northmead
Paul Grimaldi Mascot
Lucas Carr Lidcombe
Rodney Jackson Pyrmont
Ryan Shaw Huntingwood