Firefighter service honoured

Senior station officer Ken Tisdall (centre) was Saturday evening honoured with the gold star...
Senior station officer Ken Tisdall (centre) was Saturday evening honoured with the gold star medal for his 25 years' service as a volunteer firefighter by Chief Fire Officer Bob Robertson (right) and former president for the United Fire Brigades' Association John Grenfell. Photo by Henrietta Kjaer.
Saturday was an evening of pride, as the fire brigades in Queenstown and Frankton honoured their volunteers at an award service and gala dinner at the Memorial Hall in Queenstown.

The two brigades, which boast about 55 volunteer firefighters between them, had a long list of dedicated people to award for their service.

Four firefighters received a certificate for their first three years of service and two received a medal for reaching five years in the brigade.

After five years of service, the volunteers get one silver bar to add to their medal for every additional two years, up to 23 years.

Thirteen members of the two brigades got a silver bar.

After 25 years, a gold bar is given for every two years.

Five officers got a gold bar to add to their medals.

The star of the evening was Senior Station Officer Ken Tisdall, from the Queenstown brigade, celebrating 25 years' service.

His gold star medal was presented by John Grenfell, of Clyde, former president of the United Fire Brigades Association.

Along with the medal, Mr Tisdall was also given a trophy by area manager Keith McIntosh to mark life honorary membership.

Chief Fire Officer Bob Robertson gave him the medal to mark the honour.

Mr Tisdall, who works as a foreman at Steve Rout Contracting, said he was "delighted and honoured" to receive the medals.

"I am proud to get a gold star for my 25 years, but receiving the life honorary membership means even more to me.

It is the greatest honour," he said.

"It is a great brigade to be part of, and I have made many friends here. After 25 years, I can still get a buzz out of the work as firefighter," Mr Tisdall said.

Mr Tisdall was called up to the stage in front of a packed Memorial Hall to receive his accolades alongside his wife Teri, who was also awarded with flowers and a certificate for her support.

Cr Vanessa van Uden spoke on behalf of the Queenstown Lakes District Council, thanking all the volunteers, their families and their employers on behalf of the community.

Mr Robertson, who last year received the medal for 50 years' service, congratulated all the honoured volunteers.

After the awards were handed out he said he was pleased to have so many long-serving members of the Queenstown and Frankton brigades.

"Yet, I am equally pleased to have so many new, capable and dedicated people on the crew," Mr Robertson said.


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