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SPRINGWOOD firefighter Bruce Cameron received an Australian Fire Service Medal when he was made an officer of the Order of Australia.
Mr Cameron is 49 and has been a firefighter for 32 years.
“I was overwhelmed when I was told about the medal,” he said. “I try to give my job 110 per cent.”
He has fought fires in Australia and performed emergency service work overseas.
After the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, Mr Cameron worked with Australian medical teams in Indonesia.
This year he helped with the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake.
He was team leader of the taskforce involved in rescuing the only survivor inside the collapsed PGC Building.
“With buildings on fire after the earthquake, we had to be careful,” Mr Cameron said. “But we’re a highly-trained and professional outfit.”
He has also helped develop urban search and rescue training packages for all emergency services.
Mr Cameron said he joined the fire service because he wanted to contribute to the community.
“I think it’s the satisfaction of helping people,” he said.
“I love the teamwork and the camaraderie. Both are important when working with people in major disasters.”
Mr Cameron has also received commendations for Courageous Actions in 1994 and for Meritorious Service in 2002 and 2004.
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