Australian Fire Service Medal





Regional Chief Officer John Donnelly MUNRO


John Donnelly MUNRO joined the Burnie Fire Brigade as a volunteer in 1958 and was appointed to the permanent staff of the brigade in 1965.  He progressed through the ranks of the brigade, becoming Chief Officer in 1975 and, with the formation of the Tasmania Fire Service in 1979, he was appointed to the position of Regional Chief Officer, North West Region, while still remaining Chief Officer of the Burnie Fire Brigade.


Through his energy, drive and professional approach, he has significantly enhanced the level of fire protection throughout the region which extends for Port Sorell to Port Davey, and includes the South West Conservation Area, World Heritage Area and King Island.


Since 1981 Mr Munro has been responsible for the overall management of two composite (permanent & volunteer manned) and eighty-four volunteer manned brigades in the urban & rural areas of the North West Region.  He has been successful in integrating the management of the Fire Service facilities in the region which has been a blueprint for the remainder of the State.


He has actively supported the Tasmanian Fire Brigades Association over a number of years both as a competitor and administrator.


Mr Munro is a highly respected popular professional fire officer who, through his dedication and personal commitment, has welded the units of the Tasmania Fire Service into a highly efficient fire fighting force.


He would be a worthy recipient of the Australian Fire Service Medal.