Dedicated members of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) were recognised today at the 2021 Australia Day Achievement Awards held at the Emergency Services Complex in Kedron, recognising both State office and Brisbane Region staff.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said QFES had provided outstanding fire and emergency services over the past year.
“From fighting devasting bushfires, helping Queenslanders recover from severe storms, rescuing people from home fires and floodwater, to providing crucial support during COVID-19 operations, QFES members have been out in force to protect our communities,” Mr Ryan said.
“These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding commitment and achievements of those who have gone above and beyond.
“We have presented 69 awards to QFES members across the region who have made major contributions to building safe and resilient communities.
“Members of the Fire and Rescue Service, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service are always at the ready to respond to a range of disasters.
“It’s an honour to recognise their service and dedication on behalf of all Queenslanders.”
“Congratulations to all of our award recipients for supporting our communities when they need it most.”
QFES Commissioner Greg Leach congratulated the award recipients for their outstanding work with Queensland communities.
“The award recipients have exemplified QFES’ core values of respect, integrity, courage, loyalty and trust,” Mr Leach said.
“Thanks to their outstanding achievements, Queenslanders can rest assured they are in safe hands when disaster strikes.
“I would like to thank our major, long-term sponsor, QSuper, for their ongoing support of QFES and the Australia Day Achievement Awards.
“I am immensely proud of all our award winners today and thank them for their contributions over the past 12 months.”
QSuper Chief Executive Officer Michael Pennisi said the awards recognised the incredible response by frontline workers to challenges in 2020.
“Difficult times often bring out the best in people, and each of the nominees and award recipients of the Australia Day Achievement Awards is a testament to that belief,” Mr Pennisi said.
“QSuper’s support for the staff and volunteers of QFES is unwavering and we are continually inspired by their work to keep our communities safe.”