Award winners from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - 2014 Australia Day Achievement Awards Ceremony. Photo: Contributed
Award winners from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - 2014 Australia Day Achievement Awards Ceremony. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Firies’ dedication gains recognition on Australia Day

THE region's firefighters put their lives on the line to help others, and they've been recognised for their noble work.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services honoured men and women firefighters at the Australia Day Achievement Awards last week.

QFES Chief Superintendent Colin May has dedicated himself to the job for 28 years, and was put to the test during Cyclone Yasi in 2011.

"I was actually stuck in Rockhampton for seven days during the flood; I had to be flown home to Alton Downs, then I was picked up again a few days later to keep working," Mr May explained.

"We dealt with the localised flooding here, then organised crews to head to Bundaberg and Charleville to help them out."

Mr May received the National Emergency Medal for significant service in the Cyclone Yasi emergency.

And Australia Day Achievement Medallions were awarded to firefighters, volunteers and professionals who performed exceptional work, above and beyond the normal course of duty.

Kevin Hutchinson from the Finch Hatton Rural Fire Brigade, west of Mackay, who was awarded, said while was nice to be recognised, he did the job because it was his passion.

"I think it (the jobs) is who you are," Mr Hutchinson said.

Kevin Hutchinson from the Finch Hatton Rural Fire Brigade with his Australia Day Achievement Medallion at the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - 2014 Australia Day Achievement Awards Ceremony. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin
Kevin Hutchinson from the Finch Hatton Rural Fire Brigade with his Australia Day Achievement Medallion at the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - 2014 Australia Day Achievement Awards Ceremony. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin Lisa Benoit

QFES AUSTRALIA DAY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Australia Day Achievement Medallions

Glenn Bell - SES volunteer at Emerald SES Group

Peter Carroll - Captain at Sarina Fire Station

Gregory Chandler - Captain at Boyne Island Fire Station

Kevin Hutchinson - 4th officer at Finch Hatton Rural Fire Brigade

James Orr - 1st officer at Calliungal Rural Fire Brigade

Alfred Putinja - Firefighter at the North Rockhampton Fire Station

Graham Read - senior firefighter at the Rockhampton Fire Station

Mark Tysoe - 1st officer at Ilfracombe Rural Fire Brigade

Australia Day Appreciate Certificates

Windorah Rural Fire Brigade

Jundah Rural Fire Brigade

National Emergency Medal

Colin May - QFES Chief Superintendent Rockhampton

National Medal (recognising 15 years of service)

James Hyland - volunteer firefighter at Keppel Sands Rural Fire Brigade

Scott Russell - Auxiliary firefighter at Yeppoon Fire and rescue station

Peter Volling - Ex-1st officer at Marmor Rural Fire Brigade

National Medal - First clasp recognising 25 years of service

Thomas Lamberton - Ex-firefighter at Gladstone fire and rescue station

National Medal - Second clasp recognising 35 years of service

Kevin Porter - SES volunteer at Mt Morgan SES Group

Gary Semple - Lieutenant at Yeppoon fire and rescue station

State Emergency Service Meritorious Service Medal

Coleen Roberts - SES volunteer at Mt Morgan SES Group

Diligent and Ethical Service Medal

Bruce Thomasson - station officer for North Rockhampton fire and rescue station

Patrick Maloney - senior firefighter for North Rockhampton fire and rescue station



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