Vivien Thomson AFSM FARLF has been a rural fire fighter for over 32 years. Her experience is extensive, she has worked as an incident controller at quite a few major bushfire 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 Australian Capital Territory Bushfire 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.
Other medals she has been awarded are the Emergency Medal and the National Medal, and an International Women’s Day Award, Vivien was also the runner up for the NSW Rural Women’s Award in 2013, Named in the Top 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness. 2014