Dili­gence re­warded

Herb’s 50 years of ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

MONTO res­i­dent Herb Kirk­wood has been recog­nised for his ser­vices to ru­ral fire­fight­ing.

Ear­lier this month, the 70year-old was awarded the Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Dili­gent and Eth­i­cal Ser­vice Medal.

The award recog­nised Mr Kirk­wood’s ser­vice to ru­ral fire bri­gades, which be­gan more than 50 years ago.

In 1960, Mr Kirk­wood joined the Than­g­ool Bri­gade, and within two years he was sec­re­tary.

Two years later he be­came first of­fi­cer, a po­si­tion he held un­til leav­ing Than­g­ool for Monto in 1984.

Mr Kirk­wood formed a ru­ral fire bri­gade branch at Ca­nia in 1994, where he was ac­tive un­til re­cently.

“I wanted to re­tire but they would not let me, so I have re­mained to keep the team strong,” he said.

He said he recog­nised the con­tri­bu­tions made by all mem­bers of the teams with whom he had served.

“I thank all the mem­bers I have worked with over the years,” he said. “I am very mod­est but it is an hon­our to re­ceive these awards.”

Mr Kirk­wood said he was con­fi­dent of a bright fu­ture for ru­ral fire­fight­ing.

He said the teams were ex­pe­ri­enced and will­ing to teach new mem­bers.

He also said he had two mes­sages for all ru­ral fire­fight­ers.

“Look at the top of the tree, look at the bot­tom and if you see any smoke, there could be a fire,” he said. “This is eas­ily missed.

“And al­ways be care­ful on fire watch: look out for ev­ery­one and do not take any risks.”

The Dili­gent and Eth­i­cal Ser­vice Medal is awarded through nom­i­na­tion and pro­cessed through State Par­lia­ment.

It is based on a per­son’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice.

Mr Kirk­wood also re­ceived the Na­tional Medal, recog­nis­ing 15 years of ser­vice.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

FIGHT­ING SPIRIT: Herb Kirk­wood shows his medals for com­mit­ment to ru­ral fire­fight­ing.

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