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Woonona firey acknowledged for his cultural work

David Weir receiving his commendation from Commissioner Greg Mullins.

David Weir receiving his commendation from Commissioner Greg Mullins.

WOONONA firey David Weir was recognised for his outreach in educating culturally diverse members of the community about safety.

A Fire and Rescue Community Safety Coordinator, Mr Weir received an individual commendation for meritorious service at a ceremony at the State Training Facility at Alexandria today.

The commendation recognises his work in spearheading three important and successful programs designed to reach culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The second was a fire safety learning module for students new to Australia.

The final project was the Harmony Day Launch in 2011 and 2012 which, in conjunction with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, aimed to encourage cultural harmony and build the resilience of specific communities under significant pressure because of their culture or religion.

FRNSW Commissioner Greg Mullins congratulated Mr Weir on his diligent work on the three major projects and with culturally and linguistically diverse members of the community over many years.

“These projects involved a considerable amount of research and development and determination. I’ve no doubt that David’s outstanding work has saved numerous lives,” Commissioner Mullins said.

Mr Weir welcomed the commendation which came as a total surprise.

“You do your job and you go home at the end of the day. I’m very privileged to be able to do my work and it’s nice to be recognised,” he said.

A 2010 survey of students in Adult Migration Education Services found 40 per cent of migrants did not know which telephone number to use in an emergency and 60 per cent did not have smoke alarm installed in their home.

“Having a working smoke alarm and a home escape plan are key fire safety messages we promote to the whole community,” Mr Weir said.

“So is calling triple zero (000) if a fire does occur.

“But it is vital that people know how to prevent a fire from starting in the first place. That can be as simple as turning off electrical appliances at the power point, always keeping a close eye on your cooking, and ensuring that matches and lighters are kept well out of reach of children.”

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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