Veteran Firefighter and fire research officer with Fire and Rescue NSW, Morgan James Cook from Galston has been awarded the prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal.

The Churchill Fellowship winner (2012) is a career fireman with 30 years experience.

His citation said: Morgan became a firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW in 1990 and since that time has served in a range of operational and specialist positions.

He is an active firefighter having been involved in strike teams during numerous bushfire seasons as well as many large scale industrial and structural fire incidents.

Since 2012 he has been the Team Leader Fire Research within FRNSW’s Fire Investigation and Research Unit (FIRU), a position which has state-wide responsibility for the organisation’s critical efforts in fire safety and prevention research through the investigation of fires and emerging risks.

As well as initiating significant improvements in FRNSW’s capability, policy and procedures, he represented FRNSW with distinction on numerous multi-agency committees and work groups nationally.

He has been responsible for numerous initiatives that have enhanced public safety, often in close collaboration with other emergency services, peak industry bodies, universities and other tertiary institutions.

These initiatives have included the change of the National Construction Code for apartment building fire sprinklers, and to legislative change to fit sprinklers in all residential aged care facilities. He has also contributed to the development of the FIRU Research Facility for undertaking live fire burns/fire scenario reconstructions/fire investigation training and gas monitoring systems.

Morgan is one of FRNSW’s pre-eminent experts in fire investigation and research and his commitment to the organisation, and to the improved safety of the NSW community, for over 30 years has been exemplary.


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