Nineteen Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel were recognised today for their outstanding dedication and long service to the greater Sunshine Coast area in North Coast Region.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan MP, who presented the medals, said National Medals, QFES Medals and Diligent and Ethical Service Medal (DESM) clasps were awarded to those who have gone above and beyond, displaying true dedication to the community.
“Today we presented 12 National Medals and clasps, nine QFES Medals and clasps, and four DESM clasps to 19 worthy recipients,” Minister Ryan said.
“The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by personnel who risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in times of emergency or natural disaster.
“The QFES Medal recognises demonstrated commitment to ethical standards, personal integrity, and diligent service over a prolonged period.
“The DESM clasps recognise demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity for more than 10 years.
“Congratulations to all of our award recipients for supporting their communities when they need it most.”
QFES Acting Deputy Commissioner Joanne Greenfield said it was a privilege to recognise the exemplary service of those who go above and beyond their usual duties to support North Coast Queensland communities.
“The number of recipients and the many years they have served in their local areas is a testament to their community spirit and their willingness to put their hand up when support is needed,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Greenfield said.
“I am proud to say that each of the recipients have represented the Fire and Rescue Service and QFES with respect, integrity, courage, loyalty and trust.
“We thank you for answering the call to help others and your valuable contributions to your community’s safety and wellbeing.”