We would all like to congratulate Lance King who this year received the Australian Fire Service Medal in the Queens Birthday Honours,
here is Lance picking up his award last week at Government House
The nomination for his award included the following background :
Lance officially joined the Country Fire Authority on the 17 January 1983 having been a junior member before this date and now been serving over 40 years. During this time he has undertaken many roles; Captain, Lieutenant, Secretary and training Officer are just some of those. As a result of the declining number of members within the Yallourn North Brigade, in early 1992 Lance addressed the members of Yallourn/Yallourn North Football Club and gave a passionate appeal for members to join the Brigade or risk losing it. As a result a number of members joined, which was the catalyst for strong and active brigade of today. Over the years Lance has continued to show strong leadership and a is an advocate of all volunteers, a role that he holds in high regard having now taken on the role of Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria District 27 President. While working for Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Lance was deployed to assist Murrindindi Shire Council at Kinglake and Marysville communities during the aftermath of the 2009 Black Saturday fires working directly with council staff the Army and agencies in the immediate relief and recovery effort.
His operational experience has included assisting Emergency Management Queensland by being deployed to Townsville responding to cyclone Yasi in 2011 assisting the intelligence cell, further to this, he was deployed as requested by MAV through his current employer Latrobe City Council in assisting Buloke Shire Council and its community in the Western Victorian flood impacted areas in that same year. In 2013 Lance was deployed by CFA to NSW, assisting with the Shoalhaven Fire in Nowra performing a role of ground intelligence. He has chaired or participated in numerous working groups and committees, one of these areas that he is actively assisting with is the training of Vicpol Emergency Management Training at Victoria Police Academy, Sergeant’s Qualifying Program. Lance’s commitment to the community can be seen in his passion with the implementation of community Local Emergency Action Plans where he has spent many volunteer hours supporting community groups with the implementation of their plans.
Lance continues to serve the Brigade, District, CFA and Community to a standard above and beyond the norm.