Katherine Fire Station's Garry Branson has been named career firefighter of the year for the Territory.
The Northern Territory's 2021 Firefighters of the Year awards recognise the commitment, bravery, professionalism and community service of both the career and volunteer firefighters.
The Volunteer Firefighter of the Year was Auxiliary Firefighter Captain Peter Jones, Yulara Fire Station.
"Leading Firefighter Branson and AFF Captain Jones embody all the qualities that make a great firefighter. Both men are dedicated to the communities they serve, to training and improvement and we couldn't be prouder of them today receiving these awards," Chief Fire Officer Mark Spain said.
LFF Branson has served with NT Fire and Rescue service for almost 20 years, and was a firefighter in South Australian before his move to the Territory.
He has been involved in road crash rescue training and research and is dedicated to delivering training and support to auxiliary and volunteer firefighters.
LFF Branson also carries out school visits to talk about fire safety and career options.
AFF Captain Peter Jones has been an auxiliary firefighter for 10 years and Captain at Yulara since 2016. He will receive his award at a private presentation at Government House presented by Vicki O'Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory on Tuesday night.
LFF Branson was unable to travel to Darwin for the event due to the Katherine lockdown.
Recipients receive the Eric Simmons Medal named in honour of past president, the late Eric Simmons, who was a director of the NT Emergency Services and a member of the Rotary Club of Darwin North, who run the awards.
In addition to the medals, the Rotary Club of Darwin North donates $1000 on behalf of each recipient to Australian Rotary Health for ongoing research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it affects emergency services personnel.
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