Community heroes recognised

A medal presentation was held recognising the outstanding contributions of 34 Rural Fire Service members. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A medal presentation was held in Bundaberg recognising the distinguished service and outstanding contributions of 34 Rural Fire Service (RFS) members.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan MP was represented by Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith MP at the event, who said the incredible group of recipients were testament to the strong sense of community that exists in the region.

“These medal recipients are not only long-standing members of the RFS, but valued members of our community as well,” Mr Smith said.

“Rural firefighters play a vital role in supporting their community in the management of local risk, including responding to grass and bushfires and planning and conducting bushfire hazard reduction activities.

“They also answer the call for help during natural disasters throughout Queensland and interstate.

“Today we presented well-deserving RFS members with National Medals and Clasps, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Medals, Diligent and Ethical Service Medals and Clasps and National Emergency Medals.

“Each of them has given extraordinary service that goes above and beyond the normal expectations of their role.

“They do this not for thanks or recognition, but because they are committed to working hand-in-hand with their communities to build resilience.”

QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said the medals represented an important acknowledgement of service.

“This recognition demonstrates the commitment our emergency services staff and volunteers show in working with Queensland communities to keep them safe, and I thank them for their ongoing efforts,” Mr Leach said.

“Across the service, our staff and volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and bring with them a diverse wealth of talents and skill-sets.

“It’s the dedication and selfless commitment of people like these that enable QFES to provide a service the community can depend on.”