4 May 2015
Airservices Australia has today recognised its aviation rescue fire fighters based at Gladstone Airport 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, Gladstone’s Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) staff were named ‘Crew of the Year’ and were deservingly presented The St Florian Award, named after the patron Saint of fire fighters.
“Congratulations to our crew of 15 fire fighters in Gladstone, one of our newest services, for not only providing a professional service, but for their team spirit, initiative and connection with the local community,” said Airservices Executive General Manager, ARFF, Michelle Bennetts.
“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 all of our fire fighters make to aviation safety on a daily basis.”
Observed annually on 4 May, International Firefighters’ Day is 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.
Airservices ARFF Fire Station Manager at Gladstone Airport, Greg Hunt, 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 Hunt.
“We have a close-knit team here at Gladstone station and on behalf of all the crew I congratulate our fire fighters for their everyday efforts in providing such a valuable service to the travelling public and local community.”
Airservices will match the station’s local fundraising efforts up to the value of $5000 which will then be donated to the Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary Association.