National Medal handed out at Canobolas Conference

Anthony Townsend



Anthony Townsend
National Medal
Years of Service: 55
1st. 2nd and 3rd Clasp
Anthony (Tony) Townsend has had over 55 years active service with the Trajere Rural Fire Brigade. Tony's father Bernie held the position of secretary/treasurer for the Brigade from 1928 until his death in 1958 when Tony took over both roles, holding these until last year where he was succeeded by his son Raymond.

Tony has attended almost all fires that have occurred in the Eugowra area during his 55 years with the Trajere Brigade and has always maintained the Trajere tanker which had been housed on his property "Glenavy".  As a man of positive action, Tony was one of the first to install an airstrip on his Eugowra property for the benefit of fire fighting, this airstrip was integral to managing larger fire events due to its reticulated water supply capability.  During 2004 Tony worked with Canobolas Zone management to realise the installation of a 240,000 litre water tank and was successful in gaining an RFSA grant to allocate an aviation foam mixing trailer unit. 

Tony served as a Deputy Group Captain for the Cabonne district from around 1985 to 2001, when the Group boundaries were altered.  He is a very dedicated and well respected member of the Trajere Brigade and the local community.

Tony has been diligent in his duties as secretary/treasurer for the Brigade and whenever the brigade is called, he is the one to ensure that there is always an adequate number of members ready to attend and deal effectively with any incident that Brigade members may be faced with.

Tony Townsend, one of rural NSW's "quiet achievers".


Roy Ferguson                                                                       National Medal


39 Years of Service:                                                             2nd Clasp

Roy Ferguson commenced service with 'District' Rural Fire Brigade, Blacktown in 1974, he also joined Blacktown SES in 1976 and served both organisations till moving to Orange in 1991 where he joined the Clifton Grove Rural Fire Brigade. He held the role of Deputy Captain and Brigade Training Officer from 1996 to 2003. Roy is a very active and dedicated member of the Service and has attended numerous S44 fires and other incidents over his 39 years of service. Roy has acquired a range of specialist skill's including CL and Trainer and Assessor. 

March 2004 Roy gained full time employment with the Service and has served as Team Manager for the North West Team, Bogan, Coonamble, Walgett and Warren – Regional office in Young as Assistant Operations Officer Region West. 

Roy transferred back to Orange late 2007 and commenced with Canobolas Zone as Operations Support Officer. 

In 1991 Roy was awarded the National Medal for Service and the 1st Clasp in 2003. In 2005 Roy was awarded a Bronze Bravery Medal by the Royal Humane Society of Australasia and in 2007 the Commissioners Commendation for Bravery and is now receiving the 2nd Clasp for the National Medal.