Local volunteer firefighter, Inspector Mark Doble, has won a prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM).
Inspector Doble, who started volunteering with Birnam Rural Fire Service in 2007, received the high recognition in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
He was awarded the medal for his devotion, professionalism and commitment to providing first-class capability for volunteers and the community.
Inspector Doble, who lives on Tamborine Mountain, is also a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services staff member, helping develop the curriculum for Rural Fire Service volunteers in training, and is about to become an auxiliary firefighter.
He has previously received a local Australia Day award for his dedication to the Volunteer Community Educator Program with fellow local Peta Miller-Rose, and a team award for his work at the academy.
“I’ve been very lucky to be recognised a few times over the years, but I’m still getting my head around the honour of an AFSM,” he said.
“I’d love to think it’s a reflection on my family as well – you can’t do what you do as a volunteer without their support, so this is as much about their commitment.”
Inspector Doble will be invited to an official ceremony at Government House later this year to receive his medal in person.