Nominations for award of the AFSM as part of the Australia Day Honours List 2016 are now open.
Please note the CFS Awards Committee has prepared theAFSM guideline and nomination form attached .
After prioritisation by the CFS Awards Committee, nominations are forwarded to the Chief Officer and the Governor-General, through the Minister for Emergency Services, so adherence to timelines is important. Therefore nominations are to be forwarded no later than Friday 10 July 2015.
Managers/Regional Commanders are requested to ensure this information is made available to all volunteers. The guidelines and template will also be located on the CFS website, the Volunteer Portal and announced via Facebook and Twitter.
Guide to Preparing a Nomination for an AFSM CFS Nomination Form for an Australian Fire Service Medal
As detailed in the guideline, the sole criterion for the award of the Australian Fire Service Medal is distinguished service. "Distinguished service" includes service that is above and beyond the normal zealous and faithful discharge of normal or ordinary service, whether short term or prolonged. It could be a special achievement or success in the performance of duty in difficult or unusual circumstances, or sustained high level performance with outcomes and recognisable benefits to CFS, the fire service in general or the community. The service must be exceptional. Long service alone should not be used as a basis for making nominations.