OF­FI­CERS AWARDED FOR FLAMIN' GOOD JOB

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

“OUT­STAND­ING” was the trib­ute paid to 21 North Bur­nett fire­fight­ers for their role in sup­press­ing and con­trol­ling last Oc­to­ber’s pig­gery fire in Mun­dub­bera.

Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner John Bol­ger said these were the first As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner com­men­da­tions he had given out.

“You’d be more than hon­est to say that if we had that fire to­wards the coast some­where, if we had that fire well down in the south-east cor­ner, we would prob­a­bly have had 20 fire trucks, 100 fire­fight­ers and all the re­sources that we could pos­si­bly draw.

“But we don’t have that here. What we have here is the guts and de­ter­mi­na­tion of fire­fight­ers like your­selves and the spirit of the com­mu­nity.”

Aux­il­iary fire­fight­ers in semi-re­mote ar­eas, who would leave their day-time work to take on a fire­fight­ing job and then re­join their com­mu­nity al­most straight away, were “the top of the tree”, Asst Com­mis­sioner Bol­ger said.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Adam Gwin, who man­aged the re­sponse, said the North Bur­nett Pork Al­liance was only three weeks from re­cov­ery from the Aus­tralia Day floods of 2013 when fire broke out in the far­row­ing shed – a fire that was seen from 40km away.

The fire­fight­ers were as dis­tressed as the trapped live­stock, Spt Gwin said.

“The im­pact of lim­ited wa­ter on­site (had) com­bined with the trapped live­stock – who were alive at the time and suf­fer­ing in­tensely with heat and smoke.”

Awards were given to Spt Gwin as in­ci­dent con­troller, and the fire crews and sta­tions from Mun­dub­bera, Eidsvold and Gayn­dah which re­sponded to put out the fire and pre­vent it from spread­ing to other struc­tures.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

ABOVE AND BE­YOND: Gayn­dah fire­fight­ers re­ceived awards from QFES As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner John Bol­ger for "ex­hibit­ing out­stand­ing op­er­a­tional abil­i­ties to sup­press and con­trol the Pig­gery Far­row­ing shed fire" in Mun­dub­bera, on Oc­to­ber 17, 2013. From left, Aux­il­iary Fire­fight­ers Brett El­saesser, Robert Geary, David Shep­herd, Cap­tain Ron Mitchell. Ab­sent: Lt Brad Schif­fke, Aux FF Cameron Polzin, Brock Gary.

Eidsvold fire­fight­ers re­ceived awards from QFES As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner John Bol­ger for "ex­hibit­ing out­stand­ing op­er­a­tional abil­i­ties to sup­press and con­trol the Pig­gery Far­row­ing shed fire" in Mun­dub­bera, on Oc­to­ber 17, 2013. From left, Aux­il­iary Fire­fight­ers Cather­ine and Mor­gan Morice, Lt Robert Cooper. Ab­sent: Aux FF Clare Rush.

Mun­dub­bera fire­fight­ers re­ceived awards from QFES As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner John Bol­ger for "ex­hibit­ing out­stand­ing op­er­a­tional abil­i­ties to sup­press and con­trol the Pig­gery Far­row­ing shed fire" in Mun­dub­bera, on Oc­to­ber 17, 2013. From left, Aux­il­iary Fire­fight­ers Ty­ronne Mered­ith, David Kirdy, Peter Townsend, Jenny Voight, Troy Stein­hardt. Ab­sent: Cap­tain Brad Ward, Aux FF Ricky McGovern, Bren­dan Lisket, An­gela Beu­tel.

QFES Su­per­in­ten­dent Adam Gwin, the in­ci­dent con­troller for the Mun­dub­bera Pig­gery Far­row­ing shed fire, re­ceives an award for "ex­hibit­ing out­stand­ing op­er­a­tional abil­i­ties" from As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner John Bol­ger (right). Pic­tured with Mayor Don Waugh (left).

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