Monday, 17 February 2020

Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, has announced Fiona Johnston, a resident in the suburb of Davidson, as the 2020 Davidson Electorate Local Woman of the Year.

Fiona Johnston loves serving her community and joined Davidson Rural Fire Brigade in 2003. Davidson RFS currently comprises 147 members, 100 of whom are front line fire fighters, making it one of the largest brigades in NSW.

Since joining the Brigade, Fiona has served in many operational and administrative positions, including as the Brigade's Treasurer and Training Officer. Fiona was also a Deputy Captain for 7 years. She currently serves as the Personnel (Callout) Officer and is responsible for organising and coordinating Brigade members’ shifts and deployments.

“The 2019/2020 fire season has been arduous and relentless with over 5.2 million hectares burnt and 2,305 homes destroyed. During this time Fiona contributed up to 60 hours per week, ensuring members of Davidson Brigade were deployed safely and effectively. Fiona’s unwavering commitment to the RFS is highly commendable and worthy of individual recognition,” Mr O’Dea said.

Fiona has also participated operationally in many deployments, including as Strike Team

Offsider, assisting the Strike Team Leader to effectively manage and deploy up to 5 firefighting appliances.

“Fiona's dedication also reflects the enormous effort made by many members of the Davidson Brigade and other RFS volunteers, especially during the recent bushfire crisis,” Mr O’Dea concluded.