Captain Mr Ian Boucher, 1st Lieutenant Mr James Herd and FEM officer & ex Secretary Treasurer Mr Alex Stoneman are more than deserving recipients of the National Medal.
Ian Boucher has been the Captain of the brigade for the last 19 of his 40 year service and has always been a dedicated and enthusiastic member, has attended most fires in the local area since his enrolment and has controlled the brigade in a very efficient manner since becoming Captain. He has taken the responsibility for the maintenance and cleaning of the station, putting in many hours of time beyond the call of duty. He has represented the brigade at group level for many years as well as delegate to the fire prevention committee. He is a great community member and is always ready and willing to help anyone in need. This last trait was well noted in Carisbrook’s January 2011 flood where before, during and after having his own home inundated he spent many days and hours helping others.
James Herd has served the Carisbrook brigade in a commendable manner and has been dedicated to the service. He has participated in many training courses and has associated certificates to verify his competency including, BA, Driving Instructor, Strike team leader and many others. He has been a DGO for 13 years from 4th to his present position as 1st DGO with Goldfields group, (Tullaroop group). He has always been willing to leave his employment to attend fires be they local or anywhere else in the state. On many occasions he has been called on to lead a strike team to some distant part of the state and has been away for several days at a time. Always willing to assist new recruits and advise them. In recent years has been very active in organising and running group exercises. He helps out with Brigades In Schools and takes part in any community projects that may be in progress, is popular with members of the brigade and the community in general.
Alex Stoneman has given 39 years of exemplary service at Brigade, Group, Region and State levels. He has attended many fires in the local area, assisted at the station controlling incidents and organising crews. He has taken part in most group exercises either as a participant or organising the tasks. He is a qualified staging area operator and has been away to major fires in this role for several days at a time. He is also a qualified work place assessor. Alex has organised FEM for Carisbrook brigade for about 21 years and was the brigade secretary and treasurer for 10 years. The amount of hours he has and still does for the brigade are amazing let alone the other groups in the community that he volunteers for.
The CFA and the community should be as proud as we are to have these three men as members and they are certainly worthy recipients of the National Medal.