Lifeline Tasmania Emergency Services Award: 2018 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

Dallas Baker OAM – Lachlan Brigade, Tasmania Fire Service

Dallas has been a volunteer for over sixty years. He’s volunteered for community and emergency services, school committees, and more. Dallas moved to Tasmania in 2004 and immediately joined the Lachlan Fire Brigade as a volunteer. Within a year he became a 2nd Officer, and was instrumental in lifting the brigade to a higher level of professionalism.

Dallas has continued to rise through the ranks, training to Sector Commander level, and actively liaises with other brigades and TFS field staff. Dallas is affectionately known as ‘Granddad’ in the brigade and he is highly respected for his leadership, support, advice and friendship. Dallas is a natural leader, a great listener and always available to discuss any problems or concerns within the brigade.

He has fundraised to purchase a defibrillator and oxy viva for the brigade. He leads by example in the field where he puts the safety of the members as the highest protocol. Dallas inspires new members to qualify at all levels and encourages members to consider acquiring officer ranking. Each year he coordinates a Christmas function to thank the partners and families of the members for the difficult times when the alarm goes off in the middle of a family event.

Barry Bishop – Ambulance Officer, Nubeena

Barry is a Level 3 volunteer ambulance officer with the Tasmanian Ambulance Service. He is seventy seven years old and has been a volunteer for the Tasmanian Ambulance service for nine years. He is based at the Nubeena station, which covers up to 6000 residents during the summer period.
He has worked on jobs all around the south-east and helped countless sick and injured people. He not only works alongside paramedics in the field but is also a first responder if no paramedics are available for a job.

Barry has many responsibilities and is trusted by everyone he works with. A number of jobs on the Peninsula are for the sick and elderly requiring care and transport. But on numerous occasions, more life threatening jobs come up like motor vehicle accidents or cardiac arrests, which rely on quick thinking initiative and skill to resolve. He has also helped train dozens of new volunteers recruited in the service.

Barry has dedicated roughly 18,000 hours to the service and to help the community. He is selfless and is always first to jump on a shift or job that hasn’t been covered.

Rod McLean – Glengarry Volunteer Fire Brigade

Rod McLean is an active member of the Glengarry Volunteer Fire Brigade, first joining the Brigade in 1990. He became Glengarry Brigade Chief in September 2006, before leaving the role in April 2012 to go back to being a second officer, a position he still holds.

As an active member, Rod regularly participates in call outs to vegetation fires, structural fires, vehicle accidents, and medical emergencies. He has attended more than 179 recorded incidents, although there would be many more, as in the past the call-outs weren’t recorded as accurately as today. He has completed 41 training competencies and is active in training new recruits as well as assuming general station duties along with other members.

Glengarry Fire Brigade is trusted and respected in the local community through the contribution of individuals like Rod. Rod epitomises the volunteer ethic; over more than a quarter of a century Rod has freely invested himself in the local community. Rod continues to give, and Glengarry Volunteer Fire Brigade and the local community are the better for it.


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