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CFS member receives OAM


A member of the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) was yesterday awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the community through emergency service roles.

Mr Ian Taverner of Hackam received the OAM during the Queen's Birthday Honours for his service to the CFS over a range of roles including being a Group Equipment Officer and Occupational Health and Safety Representative.

CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton says it is admirable to have a member of CFS receive such a dignified award.

"It is testament to Mr Taverner's dedication to the CFS and to his community that he receives the OAM," Mr Nettleton said.

"We are proud to have such a high calibre of people such as Mr Taverner within the CFS."

Mr Ian Taverner has been a member of the CFS for 44 years, during which time he has been a Station Captain in the Hackam Brigade of the Noarlunga Group, and a Deputy Group Officer in the Mawson Group.

He has also worked alongside SA Police as a Bushfire Cause Investigator since 2002, and continues to work in this role.

"Mr Taverner has certainly achieved a great deal during his time with the CFS, which has subsequently had a positive impact on his community," CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton said.

"We value his contribution and offer our sincerest congratulations to Mr Taverner for being awarded the OAM."

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