Tamborine Times 30 October 2014

John HeydonMeet John Heydon,2nd Officer of the Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade

Born in Gundagai in 1947, John had a long career as an Army officer, with a range of postings throughout Australia and PNG and active service as a Platoon Commander in South Vietnam. After his service, he was a partner in a building company. John and his wife Margaret, settled on Tamborine Mountain in 2001 for the “rural village environment.” Currently, John is one of your friendly Mitre 10 men, always willing to help and provide excellent advice – especially when it comes to paint. When asked what he likes most about his job, John replied, ” getting paid to spend all day in a big boy’s toy store and dealing with a wide range of people to help them with solutions to their hardware needs.” His day job marries well with his hobbies, as John is an avid collector of old tools and tin toys and enjoys woodwork and joinery. Currently, he is indulging in his other passion, which is travel.

John joined the Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade in 2003 as part of his commitment to his new Community. John’s daughter and son-in-law lost their house in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. This made him feel compelled to do something positive for the Tamborine community to help in fire prevention and suppression. An active and highly experienced member of the Brigade, he takes very seriously his role as a mentor and trainer. His confidence and patience is something that newer members of the Brigade rely on as they learn all aspects of managing bushfires. “The comradery and professionalism of our Brigade is very akin to my experience in the Army. Although the role can be arduous, and at times dangerous, we do have lighter moments and some fun times together.”

John’s own personal experiences with bushfires makes him a passionate advocate for fire safety. “Learn the facts about bush fires, and be aware and prepared.” He encourages every member of this Community to have a personal action plan and/or to contact our Volunteer Community Educator (VCE), or come along to any of the advertised information sessions held at the Brigade Station.

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