Australian Fire Service Medal
Edward James Wilson, currently Manager Engineering Services has served 21 years with the Tasmania Fire Service.
Edward Wilson commenced his employment with the Hobart Fire Brigade in March 1980 as a Mechanic and was subsequently promoted to Mechanic-in-Charge of that workshop in February 1984.
From the time of this appointment he actively facilitated a Statewide approach to the repair and maintenance of fire appliances within the career brigade major centres of Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport.
During this time he also developed the Tasmania Fire Service’s fabrication capability that culminated in the establishment of a Fabrication Division to design and construct Tanker Appliances for Tasmania Fire Service. Additionally he was instrumental in integrating the service and repair of the then Country Fire Service appliances into the established major centre workshops.
Mr. Wilson progressed through a series of promotional appointments which culminated in his current appointment as Manager (Mechanical Services and Fabrication) in November 1996. In this position Mr. Wilson has the responsibility for the management of the Tasmania Fire Service vehicle fleet which currently is comprised of a range of some 470 fire appliances.
Mr. Wilson has represented the Tasmania Fire Service at both National and International forums, he is highly regarded throughout the Fire industry as one of the best technical people available in relation to fire appliance technology.
Mr. Wilson is currently the Chairperson of the Tasmania Fire Service Equipment and Technical Committee, is a member of the Support Vehicle Advisory Committee and is actively involved with the Tasmania Fire Service Museum Brigade.