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.
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