MONTO resident Herb Kirkwood was recently recognised for his services to rural firefighting.
He was awarded the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Diligent and Ethical Service Medal.
This medal is awarded through nomination which is then processed through State Parliament. It is based on a person's contribution to the Rural Fire Service.
Mr Kirkwood was also a recipient of the National Medal for 15 years of service.
These awards are the culmination of his service to rural fire brigades dating back to 1960, when Mr Kirkwood joined the Thangool Brigade.
Within two years, he became secretary, then two years later became first officer, a position he held before leaving Thangool for Monto in 1984.
Mr Kirkwood formed a rural fire brigade branch at Cania in 1994, where he was active until recently.
"I wanted to retire but they wouldn't let me so I have remained to keep the team strong," he said.
Mr Kirkwood said he recognised the contributions made by all members of the teams he has served.
"I thank all the members I have worked with over the years," he said.
"I am very modest but it is an honour to receive these awards."
Mr Kirkwood is confident of a bright future for rural firefighting because the teams are willing to teach new members.
He has two messages for all rural firefighters.
"Look at the top of the tree, look at the bottom and, if you see any smoke, there could be a fire. This is easily missed," he said.
"Always be careful on fire watch; look out for everyone and do not take any risks."
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