Firefighters get honours
THE tireless efforts and sacrifices made by the region's firefighters during the 2011 floods were formally recognised last week.
About 140 urban and rural firefighters from the south-east region gathered in Beenleigh to have their dedication and commitment recognised at the ceremony.
More than 30 firefighters from both urban and rural services in the Lockyer Valley and beyond were among those awarded with the prestigious National Emergency Medal during the service.
"It's in recognition of the many hours volunteers and staff put in and also in recognition of the families and the time volunteers spent away from home," acting training and support officer for the south-east region Stephen Gardiner said.
"It's also an opportunity to thank all the volunteers and staff."
Minister for Community Safety Jack Dempsey presented the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Rural Fire Service workers and volunteers with medals at the ceremony in Beenleigh.
"Today's ceremony recognised the wonderful work of our staff and volunteers who serve their community, with the presentation of 34 National Emergency Medals, 39 National medals and clasps and 66 Diligent and Ethical Service medals and clasps," Mr Dempsey said.
"There's no doubt the QFRS Southern East Region has bore the brunt of fire and flood activity in recent years and this season has been no exception, with prolonged and incredibly demanding conditions."