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25 December, 2020

Rural firefighter awarded medals for service

MAXWELL Hubner, a founding member of the Paddys Green Rural Fire Brigade, was honoured for his 28 years of service on Saturday, December 12, being awarded a QFES medal and a QFES Outstanding Firefighter National medal.

By Rhys Thomas

RECOGNITION: Maxwell Hubner, a founding member and current First Officer of the Paddys Green Rural Fire Brigade was awarded two QFES medals on Saturday, December 12.

MAXWELL Hubner, a founding member of the Paddys Green Rural Fire Brigade, was honoured for his 28 years of service on Saturday, December 12, being awarded a QFES medal and a QFES Outstanding Firefighter National medal. 

The QFES medal was awarded for the amount of time that Maxwell has spent volunteering for rural fire services while the Outstanding Firefighter National medal is rare with only five to ten medals given away in North Queensland each year. 

Originally a Fire Warden in Millaa Millaa Maxwell formed the Paddys Green Rural Fire Brigade after a massive blaze erupted in Paddys Green in 2010. 

Maxwell has been a rural firefighter for 28 years with the last 10 of those being at the Paddys Green Rural Fire Brigade where he currently holds the position of First Officer. 

When asked about why he voluntarily puts his life on the line to battle deadly blazes Maxwell said that it’s just his way of giving back. 

“I’ve actually got time to give back to the community and that’s what it’s about, it’s my turn to give back,” he said.

“You get very close with the people you work with and when you go out you want to know that the fella with you isn’t going to run when it gets bad. 

“There’s a lot of trust and that is built up through working with them.” 

Rural Firefighters in his brigade, himself included attend up to 30 fires a year in and around the area. 

In 2018 Maxwell was also awarded with the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence to recognise his achievements and significant contributions that furthered QFES values and goals. 

Now in his 70s Maxwell is still planning on answering the call to fight fires in and around his own area for as long as he can while tending to his cattle farms in Paddys Green and Millaa Millaa. 

Congratulations.


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