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14 August, 2021

Recognition to rural firies

Five local firies were recognised recently at the Far Northern Region Rural Fire Service (RFS) Emergency Awards in Mareeba.

By Peter McCullagh

All five locals RFS volunteers were presented with National Emergency Medals by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui.

Recipients 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.

The awards took place during Rural Fire Service (RFS) Week which recognises and celebrates the amazing work of the more than 30,000 Queenslander’s who are RFS volunteers.

As recognition for the hard work of RFS members in the Cook electorate, Ms Lui has covered the entry of seven Queensland Fire and Emergency Services team members (five from Mareeba and two from Thursday Island) to the Emergency Services Gala Charity Ball in Cairns on Saturday night.

“Our RFS volunteers are dedicated, resilient Queenslanders who give up their time to protect their communities,” Ms Lui said.

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

 She will also attend the event. All funds raised go to charity.

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