The awards ceremony, held at Sports Central in Caboolture, brought together the community to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of those who stand at the forefront of public safety.
The winners of the 2023 Moreton District Combined Emergency Services Awards, which represents various emergency service agencies and volunteer organisations, have been acknowledged for their outstanding contributions. These honourees demonstrate the bravery and commitment required to ensure the safety and well-being of the community.
The 2023 awardees are as follows:-
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) – Station Officer Ross Nunn: Station Officer Ross Nunn, a dedicated member of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, was recognised for his exemplary service and unwavering commitment to public safety.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) – Local-area Assessment and Referral Unit (LARU) Officer Kerri Fissenden: Kerri Fissenden, an outstanding officer from the Queensland Ambulance Service’s Local-area Assessment and Referral Unit, was honoured for her dedication to providing crucial medical assistance to those in need.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) (Volunteer) – Crew Leader Dean West (Rural Fire Service): Dean West, a dedicated Crew Leader from the Rural Fire Service within the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, received accolades for his unwavering commitment to protecting the community from the threat of fires.
Queensland Police Service (QPS) – Sergeant Mark Haestier: Sergeant Mark Haestier, representing the Queensland Police Service, was recognised for his exceptional service in maintaining law and order within the community.
Terry Young MP, who attended the event, expressed his gratitude and admiration for the remarkable efforts of these unsung heroes.
In a Facebook post following the event, he said, “Always an honour to attend and recognise the work, dedication, and selfless service provided by the staff of our first responder agencies and volunteer groups that often go unrecognised by our community.
“Thank you to our local Lions and Rotary Clubs for sponsoring and organizing such a worthwhile event.”
The Moreton District Combined Emergency Services Awards event not only serves as a platform to express gratitude to these remarkable individuals but also highlights the vital role that first responders and volunteers play in ensuring the safety and security of the local community.
The event was made possible through the generous support of local Lions and Rotary Clubs, who recognised the importance of such a gathering and organised a memorable evening to commemorate the efforts of these local heroes.