Cascade Bush Fire Brigade captain Will Carmody receives Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award

Cascade Bush Fire Brigade captain Will Carmody has received the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Murray Lang award. 

The accolade which recognises long-term dedication to volunteering, was presented at the 2017 Firefighting Awards. 

Surprised by his nomination, Mr Carmody said he never expected to win.

The Cascade farmer has volunteered in the brigade for more than 30 years and been captain for around 12 years. 

He was also captain during the devastating November 2015 bushfires, which claimed four lives and burnt more than 250,000 hectares. 

“First to be nominated was really, quite surprising,” he said. 

Mr Carmody said the win was “quite humbling” and he was “incredibly honoured”.

Overwhelmed by the positive comments he has received since winning, Mr Carmody thanked the community for their support. 

Murray Lang presented the award to Mr Carmody on Sunday for various reasons, including his dedicated community engagement activities.

Through devoting his time and experience to supporting the community, Mr Carmody has helped implement positive initiatives included bushfire focused 'Ladies Days' events and annual bushfire presentations for foreign workers.

Aimed at wives and children, ‘Ladies Days’ events focuses on home safety and burn off activities. 

The seasonal worker awareness days provide information for farm workers from abroad, on WA’s harsh harvest conditions and what to do in the event of a bushfire. 

He said both initiatives had been well received.

Mr Carmody was also recognised for assisting other brigades when he sent one of the Cascade firetrucks to a blaze 100 kilometres away in January 2016. 

This is the second year in a row a volunteer from the region has won the prestigious award.

Last year Gibson firefighter Blake Halford received the Murray Lang Bush Fire Service of WA Award for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Mr Carmody said taking our the award two years in a row was quite an achievement for the region.

“It’s absolutely a reflection of the professionalism of all the brigades and a reflection on all of our community,” Mr Carmody said. 

Mr Halford congratulated Mr Carmody on his achievement and said it indicated how important volunteers were in the region.

Mr Halford attributed the continuous recognition and strong response network to the regions isolation.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson presented the awards and commended the finalists for their service and commitment to community engagement.