Thangool man awarded for over 50 years of fire service
WELL-KNOWN for his firefighting efforts in the Banana Shire, Don Baldwin, of Thangool, was officially recognised with a prestigious award last month in Queensland Parliament.
Callide MP Colin Boyce spoke in Parliament, awarding him the Australian Fire Service Medal for his distinguished service of 51 years with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
Mr Boyce spoke about Mr Baldwin's time within the Callide Valley and Thangool community fire brigades, including the role of regional captain.
He is currently the captain of the Thangool Auxiliary Fire Station and the first officer in the Thangool Fire Brigade.
And if that isn't enough, he is involved with the youth, teaching fire safety at Biloela State School and cadets at the Thangool Fire Station.
Mr Boyce said Mr Baldwin was nominated for "leadership and commitment”.
"Since 1967, he has been involved in the operations of the Thangool Fire Brigade, ensuring resources are appropriately placed throughout the district, working on mitigation activities, delivering fire education to children and seniors, and having a general commitment to the areas of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery,” he said in Parliament.
"I thank the Australian Fire Services for recognising Don's distinguished service and I congratulate him on his well-deserved award.”