16th July 2022.
Today a few dedicated past and present members of the Eudunda Brigade were presented the National Emergency Medal for their efforts during the 2019-2020 bush fire season. All of these members undertook multiple state wide deployments to the Yorketown, Cudlee Creek and/or Kangaroo Island Fires in addition to protecting the local area.
“Award of the Medal”
The National Emergency Medal Regulations 2011 were approved by Her Majesty The Queen in October 2011 and is administered by the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat at Government House who provides secretariat support to the National Emergency Medal Committee. Applications for sustained or significant service may come from relevant organisations or from members of the community.
The Governor-General may approve an award for:
1) Sustained service, on the recommendation of the Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat.
2) Significant service, on the recommendation of the National Emergency Medal Committee.
Sustained service is awarded to those who have rendered sustained service in the declared nationally-significant emergency for the purpose of the Medal. The criteria for sustained service stipulates what constitutes ‘sustained service’ for each emergency and is determined by the National Emergency Medal Committee, in considering advice from relevant organisations and jurisdictions.
Significant service is awarded to those who rendered significant service in the nationally-significant emergency. The significant service criteria stipulates that the service must be extraordinary. The Committee considers each nomination on a case-by-case basis before making a recommendation to the Governor-General.”
You can read more about this award at the Govenor General’s – National Emergency Medal page.
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