2018 Australia Day Honours

Outstanding MFS personnel recognised in Australia Day Honours

Two outstanding South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) firefighters have been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in the 2018 Australia Day Honours.

The AFSM is one of the highest honours an Australian firefighter can receive. It is awarded in recognition of distinguished service by a member of an Australian fire service and in particular, for contributions made above and beyond normal duties and responsibilities.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Fletcher and Retained Station Officer John McNaughton with a combined service history of almost 60 years, have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to the South Australian community and the Emergency Service sector.MFS Image - ACFO Paul Fletcher

Epitomising the virtues and values of the MFS, Mr Fletcher has shown unrivalled professionalism in successfully implementing improvements within the Communications Centre.

Paul’s ability to provide improved service delivery at reduced costs are displayed in the implementation of the new fire alarm monitoring arrangements, the introduction of a redundant VHF radio network and new and innovative staffing models within the Communications Centre.

Additionally, he has been involved for many years in the South Australian Police and Emergency Service Games, the Fire Service Credit Union Board, and the MFS Superannuation Board.

Retained Station Officer John McNaughton’s dedication to ensuring the selfless mentoring and best possible training of new and serving personnel has brought about his nomination for the AFSM.

MFS Image - RSO John McNaughtonMr McNaughton, based in the Riverland area, is highly respected for his knowledge, management skills and dedication. Assisting more than 100 recruit courses including Hose and Ladder and Breathing Apparatus to meet the needs of the Riverland community.

As a Retained Station Officer in Regional South Australia, John led many operations for significant incidents including structure fires and bushfires, earning the respect and gratitude from other emergency services in his region.

Mr McNaughton has mentored and involved his crews in assisting local charities at fundraising events and has built a strong relationship with Council and the Renmark community regularly supporting community events such as ANZAC Day services and marches.

The MFS congratulates Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Fletcher and Retained Station Officer John McNaughton on receiving these Australia Day honours. The community spirit and professionalism shown in the carriage of their duties and lives are an inspiration to all.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Fletcher and Retained Station Officer John McNaughton will be presented with their AFSM at a ceremony later in the year.