2016 Emergency Services Sector Awards

Emergency Services Sector Awards

In May 2001 State Cabinet approved a new State Medal and a Ministerial Commendation for the emergency services. These awards were created to recognise the tireless and extraordinary work of persons contributing to community safety through operational emergency service organisations and associated agencies.

Three MFS personnel were recipients of the SA Emergency Services Medal (SAESM) in the 2016 Emergency Services Sector Awards.

The SAESM is given to an individual who has demonstrated "distinguished and/or meritorious services of the highest order" in recognition of his or her significant contribution to the emergency services in South Australia. 

Kylee McNamee – Emergency Service Medal

Kylee was nominated for her dedication and service to the MFS and the community of Port Augusta. With over 20 years of service, Kylee has demonstrated a commitment and passion to the fire industry by committing herself to the training of new staff, specialising in breathing apparatus and road crash rescue training. Kylee has the ability to quickly bond and gain respect from new staff. She has availed herself in conducting and instructing many courses and assisting in training numerous personnel.

Kylee has also been instrumental in the layout and design of the new regional breathing apparatus training pod which will provide a mobile prop to stations for continuous training capability.

Further to her operational duties, Kylee volunteers her time to be a Juvenile Fire Lighters Intervention Program (JFLIP) Practitioner and a peer support practitioner.

Kylee also performs additional voluntary duties that include but are not limited to training with and instructing Australian Defence Force personnel (both local and national), Department of Corrections, SAPOL, SAAS, CFS (adults and cadets) and SES.

Peter Mason – Emergency Service Medal

Peter received this award for his innovative foresight and development of the MFS operational appliance fleet. He was the principle behind the design and construction of the new MFS combined aerial pumper appliance (CAPA). Peter lead an operational working group to identify an aerial replacement program and the vehicle was the first of its kind in the world and was showcased at the last Interschutz World Firefighting Equipment Trade Fare. The vehicle raised much interest with larger urban national and international emergency services visiting the state to view and identify with its operational and advanced capabilities.

Peter has also led the design and build of the specialist heavy and technical rescue vehicle so as to enhance MFS rescue functions. This vehicle has also raised great interest within the eastern states. Further he has been instrumental in the development of the 3000 litre urban, rear mount, pump rescue appliance which provides a multifaceted platform for firefighting rescue with consideration of an enhanced water capacity to assist operations in the hill interface zones between bush and the urban environment. Peter’s innovations have provided the MFS with state of the art appliances at the best value for money for the community. This vehicle has elevated the MFS to be a leader in the design and construction of fire appliances and equipment practices in Australia.

Christopher Smith – Emergency Service Medal

Chris joined the South Australian Fire Brigade in January 1978 and applied himself throughout his career, progressing through the ranks to Station Officer in 1987, Commander in 2004 and Assistant Chief in 2006. Chris is recognised in the MFS for his dedication to the welfare of firefighters and their families. In 1980, Chris volunteered for committee and management positions on the MFS Firefighters Club and the Fire Service Fund and has held and continues to hold positions in these philanthropic groups for over 33 years. Chris has held the position of chair of the Fire Service fund for 23 years. The fund is a firefighter managed organisation that provides support to firefighters and their families in times of illness, recognising the affect that serious medical situations have on personal wellbeing. Over his time with the Fund, Chris has been a key player in building its capital base to provide residential units for the use of firefighters and their families, recognising the importance of providing time away from the exposure and stress of emergency incidents.

Additional to the above, Chris throughout his career has worked tirelessly and been actively involved in numerous committees, boards and institutions to ensure the best value for money and service to firefighters and the community.

For the past eight years, Chris’ role has been to manage the regional operations department for the MFS, working with 260 retained personnel throughout the state. Chris introduced the retained firefighters career development pathway which provides qualifications to recognised standards and skills sets to ensure capability and required performance.


We extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to Kylee, Peter and Chris!