4 May 2016
Airservices Australia today recognised its aviation rescue fire fighters at Rockhampton as part of International Firefighters’ Day for the calibre of work they do on a daily basis to ensure the travelling public and the aviation industry are kept safe.
In recognition of their professionalism, initiative, team work and community involvement the Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) Rockhampton B crew was named ‘Crew of the Year’ and were deservingly announced as the St Florian Award winners, named after the patron saint of fire fighters.
Observed annually on 4 May, International Firefighters’ Dayis a tribute to the death of five Victorian fire fighters during tragic circumstances on 4 January 1999, while they were battling a wildfire near Linton, Victoria.
“Congratulations not only to our ‘Crew of the Year’ at Rockhampton, but to all of our fire fighters for the professional service they provide, which is built on a great team spirit, initiative and connection with the local community,” said Airservices Acting Executive General Manager ARFF, Rodd Sciortino.
“We have one of the largest, most highly-trained and professional aviation rescue fire fighting services in the world. International Firefighters’ Day is a great way to recognise the contribution our fire fighters make to aviation safety on a daily basis.”
Airservices ARFF Fire Station Manager Kevin Hine said the crew are part of more than 900 fire fighters on standby around the country at the nation’s 26 busiest airports ready to respond rapidly to any emergency at and around the airport.
“Our fire fighters are honoured to be awarded ‘Crew of The Year’ for their efforts. Fire fighting and rescue services are based on great team work and our staff work side-by-side at all times, so it is really pleasing to see them recognised as a group,” said Mr Hine.
Rockhampton was amongst three ARFF finalists selected for the ‘Crew of the Year’ award, along with Sunshine Coast and Broome.