About Patches On Fire Patches On Fire is owned by Kel O'Shea

Kel O’Shea

Kel O’Shea lives in Australia is a volunteer for the RFS and has been collecting patches since 1984. His website has been online since 2006.

I am a volunteer fire fighter in Hill End (Chifley) in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia and joined around 30 years ago. Living in a rural community and bush fire zone, I wanted to support my community by volunteering my time.

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  • New South Wales Rural Fire Service
  • Police Insignia Collectors Association of Australia
  • RFS Rural Fire Service Heritage Committee
  • Wireless Institute of Australia

Patches On Fire

Patches On Fire was created in 2006 as a way for Kel to share his fire patches with the world. Currently, the website is hosted and managed by Kassandra O’Shea. The website is powered by WordPress and the current theme was created by Imagely.