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Australia Day Honours for Captain Mervyn Reed

Published: 27th January 2012

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins today congratulated Tocumwal resident, Captain Mervyn Reed, on being named in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

Captain Mervyn Reed was one of three FRNSW officers awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal, one of the highest honours an Australian firefighter can receive.

Commissioner Mullins said that Captain Mervyn Reed had been an asset to FRNSW since joining as a retained firefighter some forty three years ago. He is currently the Captain of Tocumwal Fire Brigade, a position he has proudly held since 1983.

“He has coordinated the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal for 15 years, Treasurer of the Tocumwal AFL Club for 11 years, and a long serving committee member on the Tocumwal Squash Club and Tocumwal Bowls Club. More recently he worked with the Ambulance Service to enable local firefighters to render first aid pending the arrival of Paramedics.

“For over 40 years he has been dedicated to the Firefighter Championships, where he has personally contributed to the enhancement of firefighting skills of countless retained firefighters from across NSW.

“Captain Mervyn Reed is widely respected within and outside FRNSW for his dedication and enthusiasm in serving the community, particularly at Tocumwal and I am delighted that he is being honoured in this way.”