AUSTRALIAN FIRE SERVICE MEDAL
Mark Henry McDermott
Volunteer Brigade Chief, Strahan Fire Brigade Tasmania Fire Service
In 1975, Mark McDermott joined the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) with the Strahan Fire Brigade as a Volunteer Firefighter. Over the many years as a volunteer, Mark has progressed his way through the ranks and is now the current Brigade Chief of the Strahan Fire Brigade. Mark’s commitment is not only seen within the TFS as he holds a long standing commitment with Ambulance Tasmania, volunteering over many years providing vital emergency service roles within and around the West Coast area.
Mark is a well-respected stalwart of both emergency services. He shows commitment to the broader community and engages with other agencies. For example, the State Emergency Service, providing them with historical data to assist in their flood mitigation planning. This is an example of the commitment, local knowledge and interest Mark has for his community.
Mark took the role as a Group Officer for the West Coast in 2013. In this role, he assisted the Direct Officer to support all 5 brigades on the West Coast. This support was evident during the 2018/2019 bushfire season whilst fires were burning uncontrollably for over 50 days. During this time, Mark committed himself to the TFS, at the detriment of his own accommodation business, to protect the communities of Zeehan and Rosebery.
Mark worked tirelessly during this period and continues to do so by working many long hours to provide security and safety to the residence of Strahan and surrounding areas. Mark is a well- respected member throughout the TFS, Ambulance Tasmania, SES and the West Coast community.