JOHN Dun is Nowra’s new fire captain.
Mr Dun is only the 10th captain of Nowra’s retained firefighters in 120 years.
“It’s a big thing for me,” he said.
Mr Dun began his firefighting career with the Rural Fire Service.
“I remember when I was 16 I was sitting out the front of my parents’ house and a mate walked past and said he was going to join the fire brigade. So I just joined him,” he said.
Mr Dun spent 15 years in the RFS and worked his way up to captain of the Illaroo Road Brigade.
He joined Fire and Rescue NSW in 1997. He was appointed deputy captain six years ago.
Fire and Rescue NSW Region South Inspector Norman Buckley said going for a deputy captain or a captain’s position was a big achievement.
“John had to compete against other applicants, pass interviews with independent panels and he has come out shining,” Insp Buckley said.
“Region South was very pleased to gain him as a captain.”