There’s no stop­ping man on a mis­sion

Well re­spected and al­ways help­ing out

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50 LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

A MAN of many tal­ents and in­ter­ests, Trevor Keiler stays busy keep­ing the Eidsvold area safe, and res­i­dents are grate­ful for what he does.

All the same, Mr Keiler is a hum­ble man who just loves help­ing the com­mu­nity where he can.

“I love work­ing in my own busi­ness and work­ing for the fire and res­cue ser­vice as you feel like you are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and play­ing a role within the com­mu­nity,” Mr Keiler said.

Mr Keiler, 55, is now in his 37th year work­ing in the fire and res­cue ser­vice.

He also runs his busi­ness, Keiler’s Car and Com­mer­cial which is an af­fil­i­ate of the RACQ com­pany.

Mr Keiler en­joys spend­ing time with fam­ily when there are no “on calls” to at­tend to and loves fix­ing other peo­ple’s cars.

At times in his busy life, find­ing the cor­rect time man­age­ment can be quite chal­leng­ing.

“It can be a strug­gle, if we get a fire bri­gade call and there are no work­ers at my shop I’ve got to pack up the shop and go to the fire sta­tion,” Mr Keiler said.

“We are al­lowed 10 of­fi­cers but we’re cur­rently sit­ting at six so we would def­i­nitely love more to join us.”

Mr Keiler met his wife Nicci work­ing at the fire and res­cue ser­vice and they have been mar­ried for 13 years.

He said Nicci has a big part to play in ev­ery­thing he has achieved within the force.

He also has four chil­dren who live around the state, with two liv­ing in Bund­aberg, one in Townsville and his 11-year-old daugh­ter in Eidsvold.

“I would like to thank my wife for her sup­port in help­ing me run the busi­ness, there’s no way I could have done any of this with­out her,” he said.

In 2009 Mr Keiler was recog­nised with a pres­ti­gious award.

“I re­ceived the Dili­gent and Eth­i­cal Ser­vice medal and this was some­thing you had to be nom­i­nated for, it’s prob­a­bly one of my proud­est achieve­ments,” he said.

“I en­joy work­ing with my team, we col­lec­tively work as a good team which is im­por­tant.

“We don’t do it for the money, it’s a job we do to make a dif­fer­ence, we serve the com­mu­nity to make it a safer place and we are given all the nec­es­sary re­sources and en­cour­age­ment from our of­fi­cers in Gayn­dah.”

Mr Keiler en­cour­aged the younger ones to “sur­round your­self with pos­i­tive peo­ple and that no­body is suc­cess­ful with­out friends and fam­ily and col­leagues”.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

MULTI-SKILLED: Eidsvold’s Trevor Keiler loves help­ing out his com­mu­nity.

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