"The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do."
Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.

Richard Rawson

Richard graduated from the VSF in 1968 and the University of Melbourne in 1971.

Bryan Rees

Bryan joined the FCV as a Technical Assistant in the Fire Research Branch in 1976.

From that time he has had extensive experience in the areas of wildfire research and suppression. In particular, he has become expert in the use of aircraft in wildfire suppression and wider land management operations within Australia, Canada and Spain. As at July 2018 he was the Senior Aviation Officer, Forest and Fire Operations Division, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). 

Oliver Raymond

Oliver graduated from the VSF in 1962, and his first FCV posting was to Beechworth District where he stayed for 2½ years.

He also joined the Citizens’ Military Forces (CMF), now the Army Reserve, in 91 Forestry Squadron, and many years later became the Officer Commanding, with the rank of Major. The engineering and organizational skills he learnt in the Army over the 25 years served were extremely useful to him in his civilian work.

Russ Ritchie

Russ was born in Castlemaine, but spent his early life in Bright when his father (William) was transferred there to become the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Bright Plantations.

He subsequently passed the VSF entry exam in 1942 and obtained his Diploma of Forestry Creswick in 1944.