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National Medal of Honour for Brisbane SES

07 March, 2013

National Medal of Honour for Brisbane SES

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will present Australia’s highest emergency service medal of honour to 72 Brisbane men and women tonight (Thursday), in recognition of their selfless contribution to the city during the January 2011 floods.

The National Medal of Honour will be presented to members of the city’s State Emergency Service (SES) at an awards ceremony at the auditorium in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, with a further 20 medals delivered to those unable to attend.

Cr Quirk said he was honoured to present the awards and praised the recipients for their heroism, bravery and extraordinary contribution to Brisbane in the wake of the devastating floods.

“On behalf of the people of Brisbane, I thank each and every person here today for the selfless role they played in the wake of the 2011 floods,” Cr Quirk said.

“The ferocious flood waters that ripped through Brisbane in January 2011 left in their path devastation and destruction, and these men and women dedicated themselves to ensuring our community’s safety.

“Their enduring professionalism, training and selflessness played a significant role in getting the city back on its feet.”

Cr Quirk commended the recipients on the level of service delivered to the community by the SES, and said the 2011 floods and more recent January severe weather event offered a stark reminder of just how important the service was to Brisbane.

“These men and women offer an invaluable ‘volunteer’ service and are often called upon to respond to the most terrifying of situations, and I am proud to see them acknowledged on a national scale.”

The National Emergency Medal is a national operational service medal which recognises significant or sustained service to others in a nationally significant emergency. It was established in 2011 and ratified by the Queen on her visit to Australia in October of that year.

In recognition of the value of the SES to the community, Council has allocated more than $3.14 million this financial year to help build volunteer numbers, strengthen the organisation’s disaster response capabilities and fund the commencement of a new SES depot at Anstead.

Construction of the Anstead SES depot is scheduled for completion in late 2013.

For more information about the SES, visit Council’s website at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.

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