Terrance Alan White

Volunteer Brigade Chief, Wattle Hill Fire Brigade

Tasmania Fire Service

Terry has been a volunteer member of the Tasmania Fire Service for 38 years during this time he has served as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years & is currently the Brigade Chief of the Wattle Hill Brigade, a position he has held for 27 years, he is also a Fire Permit Officer. He is passionate about the Brigade mentoring junior & new members & ensuring the brigade members are correctly trained.

He is extremely knowledgeable about vegetation fire behaviour & the need to reduce hazardous fuel loadings in the correct manner & at the right time of the year. Due to his understanding of this issue he spends a considerable amount of time mentoring other land holders & lobbying not only individuals but those in the Fire Service & Government. Recently he assisted the Fire Service to host a field day on his property to familiarise the 100 plus attendees on this subject. His passion for the safety of the community from fire is also shown with his involvement with the Tasmania Volunteers Fire Brigades Association again pushing for correct fuel reduction practices & the safety of volunteers on the fire ground.

Terry is a strong supporter of his community, he realised the need for farmers to come together, catch up with one another to prevent them becoming depressed due to the amount of time they spend on their own especially in times of drought etc., this led him in 2014 to establish “OLD MATES DAY” an annual event bringing people from all over Tasmania together to assist with depression.