Vivien Thomson AFSM FARLF has been a rural firefighter for over 32 years. Her experience is extensive, she has worked as an Incident Controller and Operations Officer at quite a few major events, including in the ACT in 2003.
She held several critical positions including being the Senior Deputy Captain and Captain of a brigade and President of the ACT Fire Controllers Group.
She achieved the highest honour possible, the Australian Fire Service Medal, which she received in 2004 for distinguished service, to the ACT Rural Fire Service, as both a departmental and volunteer firefighter, and as a brigade officer. She was the twelfth female overall in Australia to receive the prestigious medal and the first female firefighter in the ACT.