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Life Members

'We are today the sum total of our past actions'

 

Over the years there has been a tremenous history of commitment to the brigade and community by individual volunteers to ensure we have a safe location to live in. The special long term efforts and leadership of a small group of members have been recognised for providing extraordinary service to the brigade and our community at large.

 

Details of these past and present members along with a citation of their service are shown below.

 

All members of the brigade acknowledge that their concerted efforts see us in the position we are today.

 

Peter Gowen

Peter was born in Batemans Bay and spent time on the land in the Mittagong area, helping to fight fires from a young age.  He returned to Malua Bay where he was building a house in 1978.

A bush fire came through  a couple of years later from Dunns Creek Road and impacted on the back of Malua Bay. Peter, along with anyone else who was available, jumped on a truck to help, and at the end of the day, he was asked to take over leadership of the brigade. Peter has been involved in the Malua Bay brigade for over 30 years and is a "life member" of the Brigade. 

From 1984 to 2013 he was Group Captain North and in this role he attended major incidents and oversaw the activities of the Durras, Nelligen, Long Beach, Batemans Bay, Surf Beach, Malua Bay and Mogo Brigades

Helen Riedl

Helen was a member of St John Ambulance for many years before joining the Malua Bay Brigade. She has served in the brigade since 1997, and has held the offices of Secretary and Treasurer for most of the past 12 years.

Apart from brigade activities, Helen was a member of the Eurobodalla Volunteer Operations Support Group, doing radio communications for big fires and aviation at Fire Control. Helen was also actively involved in Community Engagement and is a delegate for the RFSA.

Helen as a member of EVOS held the inaugaral rank of Captain.

 

To recognise Helen's service to the brigade, tghe communitty and RFS generally she has been made a life member of the Malua Bay Rural Fire Brigade..

Martin Green 

Martin takes time out of his plumbing business to lead crews, mentor members and be an active ongoing member ready to assist whenever needed. He's been a volunteer with MBRFB for over 30 years and has held various position including being the Captain from 2008 until 2015, He also acted as Captain during the latter part of 2015 when the brigade Captain was overseas. He is a very experienced brigade member and has been awarded "life membership" of the Brigade.  

He has experienced many of the major bush fires in that time, like the 1994 fires, and 'Section 44s' in the Deua National Park as well as attending most of the house fires and motor vehicle accidents in his area.

Dave Beare

Dave first gained fire experience in the Navy, where he was trained to handle fires on ships and aircraft. He was later a volunteer with the Sanctuary Point RF Brigade for 9 years, attending motor vehicle accidents, structural and bush fires. He joined the Malua Bay brigade in 2006.

In 2019 recognising his commitment and long term dedication to the Malua Bay community Dave was awarded "life membership" of the Brigade. He responds to most callouts without fail, diligently every week assists in making sure our trucks and gear are in top shape ready for the next call out and is one of the chief organisers of social events.

In Dave's words: "I joined because these small country areas rely on volunteers to look after their communities. It's in my family - my grandfather was in the Sydney Fire Brigade  from 1900, and my father and brother have also been long-term volunteers with the RFS. I like the sense of achievement you get from helping others in the community."

Updated Aug 2019