Station Officer Gavin Shuker (QFRS) being presented an Australia Day Achievement medallion by Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan.
Station Officer Gavin Shuker (QFRS) being presented an Australia Day Achievement medallion by Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan. Chris Ison

Fourth achievement award for firie

FIREFIGHTER Gavin Shuker has probably got a cabinet at home full of trophies and medals.

Yesterday the talented sportsman picked up another medal after receiving his fourth Australia Day Achievement Award.

Gavin, 39, received this award for his "dedication and commitment to the safety of the Rockhampton community through the implementation and coordination of fire protection strategies in the Rockhampton and Mount Archer areas".

Along with park ranger Scott Brook and representatives from other organisations, including the Department of Environment and Resource Management and Rockhampton Regional Council, Gavin has spent 12 months putting in fire breaks and containment lines in the Mt Archer and Lakes Creek areas to prevent another disaster like the 2009 fires.

"I feel very honoured to have won this and I feel like I share it with everyone else who deserves it," the station officer said yesterday.

Gavin, a talented sportsman, said the key to being in the emergency services was teamwork.

"Being a team player is the biggest thing and the ability to be able to adapt because you're dealing with all kinds of different people who are distressed," he said.

"But helping people is very rewarding and being part of the community is as well."



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