Fire and Emergency Services recognised for Queen's Birthday

QUEENSLAND Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel have been recognised today for their commitment to community safety as part of the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the awards reflected the dedication and commitment these officers have shown in service to the Queensland community.

"Each day Queenslanders benefit from the actions of our emergency services men and women, especially in times or hardship and it is a privilege to see their contributions rewarded," Mr Dempsey said.

"This government committed to revilatise frontline services and the men and women honoured have proven themselves vital in keeping Queensland mums, dads and children safe."

Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart APM today welcomed the announcement of the six recipients of the Australian Police Medal (APM) from the QPS ranks who have been nationally honoured for their distinguished service.

The QPS APM recipients share a vast and varied career history between them, having served across Queensland in a number of roles.

  • Sergeant Amanda Cornhill, Acting Crime Manager, Wynnum
  • Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson, Regional Crime Coordinator, SER
  • Chief Superintendent, Allan McCarthy, District Officer, BR
  • Senior Sergeant Brandon McMahon, OIC Aurukun
  • Superintendent Noel Powers, Assistant District Officer, SER
  • Sergeant Catherine Purcell, Cross Cultural Liaison Officer, NR

Commissioner Stewart acknowledged the dedication and tireless effort of each of the APM recipients.

"Through their varied careers each of these recipients has displayed the desired and exemplary attributes of a QPS officer," Commissioner Stewart said.

"I would like to give my own personal thanks and congratulations to each of the officers and also that on behalf of the Service." 

Three QFES personnel have been recognised for their efforts.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche received the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for distinguished and exemplary service.

Mr Roche provided pivotal leadership in the development of the Community Safety Operations System (CSOS) database while fulfilling the role of State Fire Commander during the response and recovery phase of Tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013.

First Officer Neale Dunphy received the AFSM for his significant service and leadership as First Officer and Group Officer with the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) in Rockhampton.

Mr Dunphy demonstrated his dedication and commitment to the RFSQ through his ongoing promotion of fire hazard mitigation and response to fire events.

Mr Dunphy's ability to foster relationships with other rural brigades and stakeholders was also noted through his ability to influence others towards participating in fire reduction strategies, both in his own and surrounding fire brigades.

Acting Local Controller for Mackay Region SES Brian Kunst received the Emergency Services Medal (ESM) for his outstanding service to the Queensland Community.

Mr Kunst has been with the Mackay SES Unit for over 20 years, as a volunteer, team leader, team builder, instructor, direct supervisor, deputy local controller and local controller.

His high level of operational skill was recognised during his involvement in emergency events including Tropical Cyclone Larry in 2006.

During the 2013 Rockhampton Floods Mr Kunst was selected to carry out technical flood boat operations and implement safer standards in the operation of SES flood boats carrying medical patients.

QFES Commissioner Lee Johnson said the contributions of these recipients to Queensland emergency services had made tangible impacts to the Queensland communities affected by emergency and disaster events in recent years. 

"These emergency service personnel have contributed to strengthening the valuable service provided to Queensland Communities. I look forward to seeing their work continue to benefit our communities in future years."


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