Cobram Fire Brigade has recognised its brightest stars at its annual awards night.
Megan Klippel was crowned 2017 firefighter of the year for being the brigade’s most active member in training and responding to fires.
Brigade captain Adrian Hilder was full of praise for Ms Klippel.
‘‘Since she’s joined the brigade she’s always been willing to learn and do more courses to better herself, which is very beneficial to the Cobram Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority,’’ Mr Hilder said.
Nick Giles came a close second in the race for the prestigious award and Mr Hilder described him as an extremely valuable asset to the brigade.
‘‘He’s recently obtained his truck license and now he’s a driver of one of the vehicles,’’ Mr Hilder said.
‘‘It’s good to see the young people having a go because they’re the future of our brigade who will look after the community.’’
When selecting the winner, Mr Hilder looked at everything the firefighters did over the year to see who did a lot of community activity and attended fires and training sessions.
Annette Mayman received the Jack Radclife Memorial Award, which is presented to an officer or someone in the brigade management team.
Mr Hilder said Ms Mayman’s contributions did not go unnoticed.
‘‘Annette’s always there in the office when we need her, giving a hand on Sundays with cleaning duties, which was outstanding,’’ he said.