Firefighters on fire at annual awards


Proud local volunteer firefighters were recognised for clocking up years manning fire engines in the region on Saturday night.

The stalwarts were honoured at the Queenstown and Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigades’ annual awards in front of about 150 punters at Memorial Hall.

Queenstown fire station veteran Ken Tisdall was the star of the night, receiving a gold star for racking up 25 years on the service. He also took home a life honourary membership.

United Fire Brigades’ Association past president John Grenfell dished out 24 awards to dedicated locals.

These included four firefighters who have docked up three years, two who’ve volunteered for five years and 13 who received silver bars for two-year milestones up to 23 years.

Five officers received a gold bar to celebrate every two years in the service past the 25-year stage.

Senior firefighter Linton Strain and station officer Bill Metherell from the Queenstown brigade also got special recognition for years of dedication.

The stalwarts took home Queen’s honours medals – handed out by local New Zealand Fire Service area manager Ken McIntosh – for long service and good conduct after 14 years’ work.