THANKS: Eidsvold fire captain Trevor Keiler, QFES acting assistant commissioner Michelle Young, lieutenant Nikki Keiler, firefigher Jess Seeley, Gayndah admin officer Lori Crofts, NBRC mayor Rachel Chambers, chief superintendant Mark Long, firefighter Glen Roth and North Burnett area commander Kent Freeman at the QFES awards ceremony in Eidsvold on Thursday.
THANKS: Eidsvold fire captain Trevor Keiler, QFES acting assistant commissioner Michelle Young, lieutenant Nikki Keiler, firefigher Jess Seeley, Gayndah admin officer Lori Crofts, NBRC mayor Rachel Chambers, chief superintendant Mark Long, firefighter Glen Roth and North Burnett area commander Kent Freeman at the QFES awards ceremony in Eidsvold on Thursday. Contributed

Fireys recognised for their service to the community

MAKING a difference in the Monto community was the motivation behind Justin Hiscock joining the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.

Lieutenant Hiscock continues to serve with great pride 15 years on and has been rewarded for his efforts serving the community with a national medal.

"Getting the award does feel good but it doesn't feel any different, it is just something you have got to do,” he said.

Since Lieut Hiscock joined the service the biggest changes have been the incorporation of computers with his work and working alongside the Queensland Ambulance Service driving the ambulance for them to traffic incidents.

He said he finds the work as fulfilling as he did when he first started and had no plans to slow down any time soon.

"I will keep going as long as I can,” he said.

QFES acting assistant commissioner Michelle Young presents Monto fire lieutenant Justin Hiscock with an award for 15 years' service at a ceremony in Eidsvold on Thursday.
QFES acting assistant commissioner Michelle Young presents Monto fire lieutenant Justin Hiscock with an award for 15 years' service at a ceremony in Eidsvold on Thursday. Contributed

Lieut Hiscock was recognised in Eidsvold alongside Michael Dingle, Megan Dingle and Eidsvold SES controller Grant Tyler who received volunteer pins presented by acting assistant commissioner Michelle Young.

Eidsvold fire Captain Trevor Keiler was also acknowledged for 36 years of service.

North Burnett area commander Kent Freeman credited all the recipients for their dedication to their communities.

"They all serve their comms in their own time and are a great support during wildfire season and support for structure fire and traffic accidents,” he said.

North Burnett mayor Rachel Chambers echoed these sentiments.

"With QFES being such a vital part of our community, it's always an honour to attend events which recognise the service of their personnel,” she said.

"To have a long career in QFES you must have an internal desire, drive and passion to help others. That trait alone is worth celebrating.”


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