Queensland Minister for Community Safety Jack Dempsey
Cairns Firefighters Awarded For Dedicated Service
Victor P Taffa
Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey commissioned a new state-of-the-art fire appliance for Cairns and thanked local urban and rural firefighters for their hard work at an event this afternoon.
Mr. Dempsey said the new Isuzu FTR900 Medium Pumper Tanker, valued at $430,000, was based at the Cairns Fire Station and had been operational since late last year.
“The tanker has road crash rescue equipment, breathing apparatus facilities, and can carry 2,000 litres of water on board and 80 litres of foam.” Mr. Dempsey said.
“It is a tremendous asset to the station and has already proven its value many times over.”
Mr. Dempsey also presented 15 medals to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) personnel, including 5 National Emergency Medals, which recognised the work undertaken during the 2010/2011 Flooding event and Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
“It’s a great honour to recognise the invaluable contributions these firefighters have made to their local communities.” Mr. Dempsey said.
“At the end of 2010, firefighters across the State were confronted with once in a lifetime weather events and worked tirelessly through the response and recovery phases to ensure the well-being and safety of others.”
“These personnel should be incredibly proud of their achievements having rendered sustained service during these nationally-significant emergencies.”
Mr. Dempsey also congratulated recipients of the Diligent and Ethical Service and National Service Medals.
“It was a privilege to present two Diligent and Ethical Service Medals and four National Medals today along with first and second clasps.” Mr. Dempsey said.
“Among the recipients was Station Officer Maurice Barter from Gordonvale who was acknowledged for dedicating 35-years of service to the QFRS, an outstanding milestone.”
QFRS Assistant Commissioner for Far Northern Region Wayne Weston said the number of awards presented at today’s ceremony demonstrated the level of expertise in the area.
“I am very proud of our QFRS personnel and the high standard of work they continue to demonstrate.” Mr. Weston said.
“I am also thrilled to have the availability of the new fire appliance, which will be a great morale boost for local firefighters and adds a new dimension to the QFRS operational capability in Cairns.”