NEW Norfolk fire chief Colin Triffitt has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in today’s Australia Day Honours for 2012.
Mr Triffitt joined the New Norfolk Fire Brigade as a volunteer firefighter in 1973. In 1995 he was elected to the position of third officer, advancing to second officer in 2000. In 2003 he was elected to the senior leadership position of brigade chief and he remains in this position.
As well as being a leader and mentor, Mr Triffitt is an active supporter of junior development and a volunteer training instructor. For several years he has also been on the executive of the Tasmanian Retained Volunteer Firefighters Association, representing and supporting volunteers on a number of committees and working groups.
For nearly 40 years, Mr Triffitt has displayed an extensive and dedicated commitment to the Tasmania Fire Service and to New Norfolk community. He was awarded the National Medal in 2001.
The Australian Fire Service Medal was created was created in 1988 to acknowledge distinguished service by members of state, territory or federal fire service agencies.