Queens Service Medal for services to Fire and Emergency

Above: Jim and Phyllis Snedden (centre), with, left to right,Waiuku Chief Fire Officer Colin Riddle, Fire Service AreaManager Kerry Gregory, Hunua MP Andrew Bayly, Fire ServiceArea Manager Larry Cocker, Mark Adie from the UnitedFire Brigade Association, Jim Nicholls from the Gold Star Association,Vicky Caisley, NZ Fire Service Commission, FranklinLocal Board Chair Andy Baker, and Debbie Neilson, presidentof the Auckland Provincial Fire Brigade Association.

Congratulations to Jim Snedden from Waiuku for being a recipient in the 2018 New Years Honours list – a Queens Service Medal for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Mr Jim Snedden has been a member of the Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade for 52 years.

Mr Snedden is still an active firefighter and life member of the Brigade and as an electrician has offered his expertise free of charge to the Brigade to make improvements to facilities in past years. Since 1990 he has been an active player with the New Zealand Firefighter Sports Association. He has been instrumental in promoting and selling the New Zealand Firefighter calendar to fundraise for the Child Cancer Foundation and to assist firefighters in their sporting endeavours to compete in the World Firefighter Games. His initiative has helped raise more than $860,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation. At the national level he has been a significant contributor to the welfare of volunteer firefighters by establishing the Benevolent Fund for Injured Volunteer Firefighters. He has been involved in the wider community and in more recent years he established and set up the Waiuku Christmas Display in the Town Hall to help promote Waiuku. Mr Snedden has also been made a Life Member of the Counties Manukau Orienteering Club in recognition of his contributions to the Club.

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