Emergency service members honoured in Cairns

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service’s (QFES) staff and volunteers have been recognised in Cairns today for outstanding long service, diligence and keeping Queensland communities safe.

QFES Staff and volunteers were presented with medals at a combined ceremony with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the awards were an opportunity to recognise the hard work of QFES members.

“The job of an emergency services first responder isn’t easy, that’s why we honour our frontline men and women for their hard work and selflessness in assisting the community in times of need,” Mr Crawford said.

“Today’s ceremony not only celebrates the work of QFES, QPS and AFP, but also the strong partnership we share to deliver the best possible services to Queensland communities.

“QFES honours 25 members with 31 medals, including the National Medal and QFES Medals and Clasps in recognition of years of service.

“We also acknowledge a group of seven with the Commonwealth Games Citation, for their efforts in providing joint security services for the Gold Coast 2018 Games, alongside the QPS, Public Safety Business Agency and others.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said all the award winners show enormous dedication to building resilient communities.

“QFES is only as strong as its people and their dedication to Queenslanders,” Mr Healy said.

“Acting Inspector Darryl Chaplain, who has been with QFES for 30 years is today honoured with a Diligent and Ethical Service Medal 2nd Clasp, for commitment to ethical standards, personal integrity and diligent services.

“Mr Chaplain embodies our QFES values and leads by example.”

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui also congratulated medal recipients.

“All of our award winners share a strong commitment to working for the community and rolling up their sleeves to help keep Queenslanders safe,” Ms Lui said.

“Thank you to all of our award winners for their ongoing service to the Far North when they’re needed most.”

Mr Chaplain said that working as a team and supporting each other was paramount.

“We work closely with other services across the region to ensure we can protect our communities effectively.”

“There’s something special about working in smaller communities, and this job gives us an opportunity to be involved in so many different ways.”

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