Australian Fire Service Medal





Deputy Chief Fire Safety Officer – Kenneth Graeme HAMMOND


Kenneth Graeme HAMMOND joined the Tasmania Fire Service as a volunteer firefighter in 1967 and as a career firefighter in September 1973


He progressed through the ranks to Station Officer at Launceston and Burnie Brigades.  Appointed as a Fire Safety Officer in 1983 and Deputy Chief Fire Safety Officer in 1990.


Mr Hammond has always had a keen interest in Fire Brigade Competitions, being a member of the Burnie Brigade team and whilst in Launceston Brigade organised a competition team.


He was appointed Secretary of the Tasmanian Fire Brigades Association, which manages all competitions and appointed President in 1986, a position he still holds.  During his period of administration, which is entirely voluntary, he has worked tirelessly to improve the standard and profile of brigade competitions.  This resulted in an increase in the number of brigades competing and the number of competitions held each year under Mr Hammond’s guidance.  Tasmania now hosts an Open Competition which also involves interstate brigade teams.  Tasmania Brigade teams now also regularly compete at interstate competitions.


As a mark of respect for the contribution made by Mr Hammond the Tasmanian Fire Brigades Association awarded Life Membership to Mr Hammond.


Mr Hammond has given freely of his time and expertise to considerably improve the amateur sport of Fire Brigade Competitions and his efforts has contributed to the Tasmania Fire service.