Saturday 21 November 2009
On Saturday morning a jovial crowd gathered at the Black Mountain RFB Station, west of Cooroy, for the official shed opening and awards presentations. Harry Kirk, First Officer of the Black Mountain RFB, made several presentations to thank local individuals and businesses who had generously donated funds or products toward the construction and furbishment of the outstanding new shed. The brigade has been going strongly since it was formed in 1995, and has light and medium attack vehicles.
Gary Seaman, Inspector for Caloundra Area, Rural Operations, officially handed over the keys of the new dual cab Isuzu to Kureelpa RFB. This appliance has already been deployed on strike teams a number of times. The Kureelpa fireys are thrilled with the performance and fit-out of their new truck and were happy to show it off to everyone on the day.
Harry Baxter, First Officer of the recently merged Ilkley and Districts RFB (formerly Tanawha RFB), was awarded the National Medal in recognition of being an active member of the RFB for at least 15 years. Harry has worked tirelessly for many years at Tanawha RFB, doing much of the behind the scenes work required to keep the brigade running smoothly.
A number of fireys from Ilkley and Districts RFB were there on the day to see Harry receive his medal as was his son Allan, who is Lieutenant of the Buderim Auxiliaries. Harry was also a long serving RFBAQ Rep and Treasurer of the RFBAQ.
Brian Choveaux, one of the founding members of the former Tanawha RFB, was awarded the Queensland Fire and Rescue Diligent and Ethical Service Medal for at least 20 years service.
Justin Choveaux, Deputy CEO of the RFBAQ and Second Officer of Ilkley and Districts RFB was also awarded the Queensland Fire and Rescue Diligent and Ethical Service Medal for at least 20 years service.
The morning was wrapped up with cake and a great BBQ put on by the Black Mountain RFB.