Australian Fire Service Medal
Robert Atkins has actively worked as a volunteer firefighter and officer in his Wesley Vale community for 32 years. Over this time he has been a role model for other firefighters and has assisted his fellow volunteers and the Tasmania Fire Service through his active involvement in the Tasmanian Volunteer Fire Brigades Association.
Robert Atkins joined Wesley Vale Rural Fire Brigade as a volunteer firefighter in August 1968. In 1988 he was elected to second officer and in July 1995 elected to his current position as Brigade Chief. Since 1993 he has been a fire permit officer.
Robert has served in a number of executive positions in the Tasmania Volunteer Fire Brigades Association. He has been a driving force on the Competitions Committee and is continuing active involvement in competitions management.
He has worked over a number of years to establish occupational health and safety committees and improve occupational health and safety for volunteer firefighters.
He was awarded the National Medal in 1983 and a 10 year clasp for 25 years service in 1993.