a Territorian who is a founding member of the Alice Springs Volunteer
Bushfire Brigade was presented with one of Australia's prestigious awards, The National Medal for Service, on the 27th February 2006.
The medal was presented to Ken by Alice Springs Mayor Fran Kilgariff in
recognition of the 52 years he has been a volunteer fire-fighter in many
parts of Australia, including the past 10 in Alice Springs.
Mayor Fran Kilgariff presenting Ken with the Medal
Natural Resources, Environment and the
Arts Minister Marion Scrymgour congratulated Ken on his outstanding
"Mr Metcalfe today
becomes the first volunteer fire-fighter to be presented the National Medal
as a Bushfires NT member," Minister Scrymgour said.
"The community service
he has provided around Australia and in the Territory during the past decade
makes him a very deserving recipient of the Award."
"Mr Metcalfe has always been eager to pass on his knowledge to others and
has helped many new or younger members of the brigade with advice and
"And while he has stepped back from operational duties in recent times he
still operates a radio base from his home where he has a Bushfires NT radio
and often assists during callouts."
Left to Right
Phil Walker (Alice Springs
Volunteer Bushfire Brigade Captain), Ken Metcalfe, Fran Kilgariff (Alice
Springs Mayor), Steve Sutton (Chief Fire Control Officer NT).
Ken began as a volunteer fire-fighter in 1954
when he joined the Georges Hall Brigade, west of Bankstown on the Georges
River in New South Wales as an 18 year old.
He has since been an active member of many volunteer brigades as well as
being involved in his capacity as a Park Ranger in many parts of NSW.
The National Medal for Service
Ken was the Deputy Captain of the Heathcote
Volunteer Bushfire brigade where he learnt most of his experiences putting
out large raging fires coming out of the Royal National Park.
He was also Captain for nine years of the Hollston Nature Reserve within the
Hornsby Shire. Since then he has been a member of Fire Brigades during his
working life in many parts of Australia.
For the past ten or so years Ken has operated the combined VKS-737 /
Bushfires NT Base Station in Alice Springs.
On behalf of all VKS-737 Network I would like to congratulate Ken on his
latest award - Keep up the good work Ken.