Airservices fire fighter honoured with Australian Fire Service Medal

Christopher Goff newsroom

An Airservices fire fighter with 45 years of distinguished service has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in this year’s Australia Day Honours list.

Since becoming an aviation rescue fire fighter in 1974, Station Officer Chris Goff has attended around 5000 operational incidents, including an emergency in Sydney in 1981 that saw him receive a Commendation for Brave Conduct Award for his actions.

Mr Goff, who is stationed in Sydney, said he was humbled to accept the award on behalf of all Airservices fire fighters.

“Teamwork is at the heart of this profession and critical to the work we do keeping passengers safe at Australia’s airports,” he said.

“The job is challenging but I love it and pass on my heartfelt thanks to everyone I’ve worked with.”

Mr Goff, the 10th Airservices fire fighter to receive this award, is known for his excellent leadership skills and is well respected by his colleagues and peers.

Airservices Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Services Executive General Manager Rob Porter said Mr Goff has shown exemplary service and professional leadership during his 45-year career.

“His commitment and dedication to the development and support of staff combined with his sustained and ongoing operational leadership is of great credit to him and Airservices Australia,” he said.

In 1981 Mr Goff was on duty at Sydney Airport when high winds caused a DC3 aircraft to break free from its moorings.

He and another fire fighter took swift action to avert a major airport emergency incident by using a fire tender to stop the plane

The Australian Fire Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of both paid and unpaid fire services.

About Airservices

Airservices is Australia’s air navigation service provider. It provides safe, secure, efficient and environmentally-responsible air traffic control, air navigation and aviation rescue fire-fighting services.

ENDS

For media enquiries call 1300 619 341 or email: media@airservicesaustralia.com

Posted on: January 26, 2020

More News

Related topics

Airservices provides safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible services to the aviation industry.

Santa makes flying visit to Airservices Australia ahead of Operation Present Drop this Christmas

Check out all the video action of Santa’s visit to Airservices here. With Christmas fast approaching, Santa made a special, top-secret trip to Airservices Australia this week to confirm his flight path and ensure all is in order for Operation Present Drop on Christmas Eve. As Australia’s official Santa flight management team, Airservices has allocated […]

Airservices Australia strikes new in-principle Enterprise Agreement with United Fire Fighters Union of Australia

Airservices Australia is pleased to announce it has finalised an in-principle, 12-month Enterprise Agreement with the United Fire Fighters Union of Australia Aviation Branch (UFUAV). Airservices has been engaging with UFUAV and the Australian Public Service Commission to finalise a new Agreement in line with the Public Sector Interim Workplace Arrangements. Under the new Agreement, […]

Brisbane New Parallel Runway Flight Paths Post Implementation Review Draft Report available for comment

Airservices Australia is inviting the Brisbane community to comment on the Brisbane New Parallel Runway Flight Paths Post Implementation Review (PIR) Draft Report. The PIR Draft Report outlines the recommendations Airservices will progress following both the Trax International Final Report and Airservices’ review of the New Parallel Runway Flight Paths – with a focus on […]

Airservices marks International Day of the Air Traffic Controller

The nation’s air navigation service provider, Airservices Australia, is today celebrating International Day of the Air Traffic Controller. Airservices is proud of its world-class safety record and safety-first culture. Our highly skilled air traffic controllers are among the world’s best, managing the safe and orderly flow of aircraft into, out of, and between airports throughout […]