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Local fire captain named in Australia Day Honours

Published: 26th January 2014

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Balgownie Acting Captain Greg Fredericks’ long and dedicated service as a firefighter has been recognised in today’s Australia Day Honours.

A firefighter for 55 years – first as a volunteer and then as a retained, or on-call, firefighter with FRNSW, Acting Captain Fredericks has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal.

FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins congratulated Captain Fredericks on the well-deserved recognition.

“Captain Fredericks is highly respected by firefighters at Balgownie Fire Station and throughout the Illawarra, by his colleagues in the other emergency services and the local community,” Commissioner Mullins said.

“He is also well known throughout NSW and nationally through his voluntary work, together with his wife Robyn, as President of the FRNSW Firefighter Championships Association, a position he has held since 2008.

“Acting Captain Fredericks has organised intra and interstate competitions that provide a platform for retained and volunteer firefighters to develop their firefighting skills through competition and enhance the service they provide to their local communities.”

Commissioner Mullins said Acting Captain Fredericks was known for his ethics and reliability and as someone who was always willing to lend a hand.

“Captain Fredericks has served as a FRNSW firefighter with pride and distinction for 40 years and is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award.”

Captain Fredericks will be presented with his AFSM at a ceremony later in the year.