Ashes of the Firefighters

‘Ashes of the Firefighters’, is a book that documents the journey of nine people after experiencing a major bushfire event.

It is a raw account that takes you through this journey of trauma and recovery with each person telling their own story.  Excerpts from the book.

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Ring of Fire

Dianne Thompson has produced a book of extraordinary images.  Her photographs are more than a historical record.

In the weeks that followed after the fire took its main run, Dianne was able to visit some of the parks and reserves that had been consumed by the flames.
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About the author

Vivien Thomson (AFSM FARLF) was a rural fire fighter for over 25 years, she experienced many fires and was the incident controller at quite a few major events, including the fires in the ACT in 2003.


She held several critical positions including being captain of a brigade and President of the ACT Fire Controllers Group.

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Government House in Canberra, April 2004

Former Governor General Michael Jeffery presenting
Vivien Thomson with her
Australian Fire Service medal.

The medal was awarded for distinguished service to the Australian Capital Territory Bushfire Service, as both a departmental and volunteer firefighter, and as a brigade officer.

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