Boorowa’s own Paul Reardon has received an Australian Fire Service Medal in the 2018 Australia Day Awards.
Mr Reardon has been an active member of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) for 54 years since joining the Bungendore Brigade in 1963. He moved up through the ranks, progressing to the role of Captain at Bungendore in 1975 before joining Rugby Brigade within the South West Slopes Zone in 1978.
Here he took on the role of Secretary/Treasurer from 1992 to 2002 before progressing to the role of Deputy Captain with Rugby Brigade from 2002.
He has served as a Group Captain for the past 22 years, within the South West Slopes Zone at Boorowa and has worked in a supervisory capacity at numerous fires within the South West Slopes Zone during that time.
He has undertaken leadership roles at out-of-area incidents including fires in the Blue Mountains, Snowy Mountains and fires near Crookwell and Yass. He is an active and dedicated member of the South West Slopes Zone Senior Management Team and played a leadership role in the development of the South West Slopes Pre-Incident Plan.
He has also represented volunteer members with his involvement on the South West Slopes Zone Liaison Committee which focused on building strong relationships between Local Government and the NSWRFS.
In 1989 Mr Reardon initiated training in Boorowa Shire and in 1991 became the Shire Training Officer. From 2004 - 2011 he was the RFSA representative to the RFS Communications Committee for Region West.
Mr Readon's support and operational leadership coupled with administrative achievements demonstrate his strong commitment to the NSWRFS.