Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today recognised firefighters from Innisfail and Kurramine Beach for their service to the community in a ceremony at Innisfail Fire Station on behalf of Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Neil Roberts.

Allan Campagnolo, Neville Neucom, Curtis Pitt and Mario Di Bella

Allan Campagnolo, Neville Neucom, Curtis Pitt and Mario Di Bella

Mr Pitt said the awards to three local firefighters were to acknowledge long service and service during Victoria’s devastating bushfires earlier this year.

“Today is a celebration of the commitment and experience of a number of long-serving Queensland Fire and Rescue Service personnel within the region,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s an opportunity to say thank you to those officers who have spent their working lives protecting fellow Queenslanders and for the recent support of their fellow colleagues in Victoria.

“Innisfail Region QFRS officers diligently protect our property, raise our awareness of fire and road safety and between them they have all saved the lives of many.

“It is for their commitment to this vital community service that these officers receive their medals and clasps today.”

The Diligent and Ethical Service Medal and Clasp were presented by Mr Pitt to Auxiliary Firefighter Allan Campagnolo from Kurramine Beach Fire Station for 21 years service and Leading Firefighter Mario Di Bella from Innisfail Fire Station for 23 years service.

Mr Pitt also presented a 2009 Black Saturday Bushfire campaign Commemorative Pin to Inspector Neville Neucom.

Curtis presents Neville Neucom with his award

Curtis presents Neville Neucom with his award

“The pin is awarded by the Premier of Victoria on behalf of the people of Victoria to the firefighters who joined together with all Australian States, Territories and the international community to protect Victoria during the firestorms that swept across the state in February,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Commemorative Pin awarded to Inspector Neucom is a token of thanks and deepest gratitude for the exceptional contribution and dedication of those who assisted during the event.”

Mr Pitt said the Bligh Government recognises this commitment and more than $430 million was allocated for the service in the 2009-10 State Budget, and an increase of $35 million or 8 per cent on last year.