Australian fire service medal
The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of Australian fire services. It is awarded to paid and volunteer members.
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Prior to 1988 distinguished service in the Australian Fire Service was recognised by two awards:
- Queen’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry (awarded posthumously)
- Queen’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service
In 1988 a distinctly Australian award, the Australian Fire Service Medal, was created. This award acknowledges distinguished service by members of:
- a State or Territory Fire Service
- a Fire Service of an agency of the Commonwealth
- the Fire Services of the External Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island and Norfolk Island
The Australian Fire Service Medal was established on 12 April 1988 by Letters Patent.
How it is awarded
The Australian Fire Service Medal is awarded by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Commonwealth, state and territory ministers.
Each year the following awards may be made:
- one award for each 1,000, or part of 1,000, full-time permanent members of the fire service or combined fire services (as the case may be) of that State serving on 30 June in the year immediately preceding that calendar year;
- one award for each 5,000, or part of 5,000, part-time, volunteer or auxiliary members of the fire service or combined fire services (as the case may be) of that State serving on 30 June in the year immediately preceding that calendar year; and one additional award.
- one award of the Medal shall be made in each calendar year in respect of the fire services or combined fire services (as the case may be) in each of the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory of Australia.
- one award of the Medal shall be made in each calendar year in respect of a Commonwealth fire service, and
- an occasional award (not exceeding one per calendar year) may be made in respect of the fire service of an External Territory as determined by the responsible Minister.
The awards are announced on Australia Day (January 26) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) of each year.
Only one award can be made to an individual. Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal AFSM.
The Australian Fire Service Medal is a circular copper-nickel medal. It is ensigned with the Crown of St Edward. The front of the medal displays an image of the Queen superimposed over a seven-pointed star of flames.
The back of the medal is inscribed with the words ‘Australian Fire Service Medal’, and ‘For Distinguished Service’ on a background of flames.
The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon has a central vertical band of gold, which is superimposed with a red pattern symbolising flames. The two outer vertical bands are green.