Michael is keen to help
A YOUNG volunteer from Lowood has shown how much his generation can give back to the community.
Michael Huggins, 21, has been a Rural Fire Service volunteer for three years and joined because of a passion to help others.
After trying his hand at becoming a police officer, Michael decided law enforcement wasn't for him.
But he still wanted to pursue a career that had a focus on helping others.
"All the way through high school I knew I wanted to do something that helped people," Michael said.
"I am now completing my diploma of paramedical science and would like to eventually work for the Queensland Ambulance Service," he said.
"Policing didn't end up being right for me, but I like what it stood for."
Michael joined the Queensland Rural Fire Service three years ago after a year-long stint with the SES.
"I have learnt a lot of skills from working with the firies, like managing a team, organisational skills and how to handle stress," he said.
"I am with the Prenzlau- Minden branch and I am one of the youngest members.
"As a volunteer you do get called out a lot, but I can't respond to all of them because of work."
Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey said emergency and police volunteers spent countless hours away from their families every year to support the safety of Queensland communities.
"Their dedication is commendable, as is their assistance to our trusted emergency services personnel," Mr Dempsey said.
"Volunteers in policing and emergency services play a critical role.
"Their contribution cannot be underestimated.
"Nor can the crime fighting work of staff at Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers.
"I sincerely thank all volunteers across emergency services, police and corrective services for their commitment to Queensland."