We’re very proud to see UFBA Deputy Chairman of the Board and CFO of Alexandra VFB Russel Anderson has received a Queens Service Medal for his services to Fire and Emergency NZ in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours. CFO Russell has been a volunteer firefighter since 1989 and joins a list of other deserved firefighter recipients including Howard Cole, of Pokeno, Maera Maki-Anderson, of Murupara, Hatete Joe Manukau, JP, of Katikati. Keith Nixon, of Lower Hutt and Rochelle Martin, of Auckland.
Russell says of his award. ‘I am very humbled but there is nothing that I do on my own to make the station successful. It is a team effort. Everybody pitches in and pulls their weight. It's not I, it's we, and it is the brigade that has achieved this.’
Keith Nixon, of Stokes Valley was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours. Keith entered the service in 1974 and was a founding member and current Chairman of the New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society. Keith reflects the need to not just help communities but also to support other firefighters, ‘It's about helping people - firefighters helping firefighters.’ He says of setting up the Welfare society.
‘It’s crucial that firefighters get recognition and honour to reflect the selfless dedication and commitment given towards their communities. Many started in times of even more challenging conditions where they were even more isolated. Now they are great role models for the future of the service too,’ says Bill Butzbach, CEO of the UFBA.
Images: Left Russell Anderson by Jo Mackenzie-Maclean/Stuff and right Keith Nixon by Mathew Tso/Stuff.
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