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15 August, 2021

Rural firies recognised

FIVE local firies have been recognised for their significant dedication to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) being awarded the National Emergency Medal in Mareeba during RFS Week recently.


Member for Cook Cynthia Lui, award recipient 2nd Officer Kuranda – Myola Rural Fire Brigade Savannah Chibnall, Savannah's mum Jo Chibnall. PHOTO SUPPLIED.

FIVE local firies have been recognised for their significant dedication to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) being awarded the National Emergency Medal in Mareeba during RFS Week recently. 

The National Emergency Medal recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to those in significant emergencies across the region. 

The awards took place during RFS Week at the end of July, RFS Week recognises and celebrates the amazing work of the more than 30,000 RFS volunteers.

Recipients of the awards include Kimberley Hillier and 1st Officer Barry Keal from the Davies Creek Rural Fire Brigade, Simon Leeds from the Speewah Rural Fire Brigade, 2nd Officer Savannah Chibnall from the Kuranda-Myola Rural Fire Brigade and Barry Thoroughgood from the Mowbray Valley Rural Fire Brigade.

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui was on hand to award the medals in place of the Minister of Fire and Emergency Services the Honourable Mark Ryan. 

“It was an honour to present these awards to people who go beyond the call of duty to help their communities,” Ms Lui said. 

“I want to thank all these people for their selfless service and commitment to their local communities, it’s people like these that make the difference across Cook and across Queensland. 

“We owe them a debt of gratitude for their commitment, dedication and professionalism.”

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