Herb’s 50 years of service
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.
FIGHTING SPIRIT: Herb Kirkwood shows his medals for commitment to rural firefighting.