FIREFIGHTERS and SES volunteers from across the region were honoured for their service at a special awards ceremony hosted by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service yesterday.

Inspector of the Bundaberg area Ron Higgins said a number of medals were presented at the Fire Station on Woongarra St.

"The awards include national medals and first class medals (where they have done another ten years of service) and we also have a humanitarian service medal." he said.

Senior firefighter Peter Mapson was presented with the humanitarian service medal for his overseas deployment in Christchurch, New Zealand after the earthquake in 2011.

"It was devastating to see Christchurch in that state considering I had only just been there on a family holiday two weeks before," he said.

"It was a bit distressing but it was also full on and we were kept very busy with search and recovery of missing persons."

"Award wise, it is a privilege and an honour to go overseas and serve your country in the way that we did. It was also very interesting to work with other international rescue agencies."



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