Celebrating our Swickers fire heroes
ALMOST 100 first responders were congratulated at an awards presentation for their efforts in the 2016 Swickers fire.
The Queensland fire and emergency personal fought the dangerous abattoir blaze over 11 hours.
Queensland fire and emergency services (QFES) commissioner Katarina Carroll said the day was a celebration for the staff, volunteers and their families.
"I awarded people for what I think was an exceptional response in the fire,” Mrs Carroll said.
Eight fire and rescue crews and four SES volunteer crews were awarded the Commissioner's Unit Commendation award for their efforts in the industrial fire.
LNP leader Deb Frecklington said the calibre of these emergency services personal is absolutely at the highest.
Kingaroy station officer Bruce Groer and Brisbane inspector John Harrison were presented the assistant commissioner's commendation awards during the ceremony.
"These two gentleman put our local teams together and coordinated it amazingly well and the result is here to see that Swickers is open again after 12 months and not only opened, but actually made itself bigger and better,” Ms Frecklington said.
Minister for fire and emergency services MP Craig Crawford recognised the hard working firefighers and state emergency volunteers who endured the blaze.
The significance of the Swickers fire was the crews were able to contain the fire quickly, which involved highly combustible and hazardous materials, he said.
"The hard working teams from all around the area got on top of it quickly and by getting on top of it quickly they allowed Swickers a fighting chance,” Mr Crawford said.
Two national medals were awarded to Lt Michael Armstrong and Lt Stephen McKay, and four QFES medals were awarded to long standing servicemen.
Award recipient Lieutenant Bradley Perrett from Nanango station said it was a pleasure to receive the award and be recognised for their hard work on the day of the fire.
"The intensity of it [Swickers fire] and the size of it, there's not many other jobs that I've been to that have been an equivalent to it,” he said.
Lt Perrett volunteers as a fireman because it gives him the opportunity to help the community.
"It's a job you don't do for the money, its more for the community, to make sure you live in a safe community and you are there to help when you can,” Lt Perrett said.