David Kohler, Glenn Power, assistant commissioner John Bolger, Keith Speirs and Brian Dale at Maryborough Fire Station. Aldershot Rural Fire Brigade volunteer Sarah Bellert also received a medal.
David Kohler, Glenn Power, assistant commissioner John Bolger, Keith Speirs and Brian Dale at Maryborough Fire Station. Aldershot Rural Fire Brigade volunteer Sarah Bellert also received a medal. Hayden Johnson

First responders' work in face of danger recognised

THEY are usually the first to respond to any dangerous situations whether it be flood or fire.

The final line of defence between a home and a raging bushfire.

Some of the region's long-serving members of the Rural Fire Brigade and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service were honoured on Saturday, with a medal acknowledging 15 years of service.

The five RFB and QFES medal recipients have racked up 75 years of service between them.

Acting area director for RFS Maryborough Brian Dale said it was important to recognise the great work of volunteers and permanent firefighters.

"It's very important from my perspective - these people do a power of work protecting communities," he said.

"It's very very pleasing to be able to offer these awards."

Mr Dale cited the dangerous situations members often face when responding to a crisis.

"It's not uncommon for us to have volunteer staff hospitalised during some of the more serious events," he said. "It is fairly dangerous when you're out there fighting bushfires or attending road crashes."

And incidents crews respond to these days stretch further than bushfires and cats up trees.

"Whatever the community needs are, we're in a position to assist," Mr Dale said.

Firies have been offered some respite thanks to the heavy rain that fell last week.

Award winners

  • Keith Spiers - Dundowran RFB
  • Glenn Power - Yengarie RFB
  • Sarah Bellert - Aldershot RFB
  • Peter O'Brien - Dundowran RFB
  • Neil Probert - Maryborough station officer


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