30 Years of Service for Purono Park Rural Fire Brigade Stalwarts

L to R: Daughter Melissa with Bernice and Ron Rowe, Acting Mayor Paul Jacob and Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto.

20 June 2024

The Purono Park Rural Fire Brigade recently celebrated a special milestone with long-term members Ron and Bernice Rowe both being recognised for their 30 years of service to the local community.

Over the weekend, Ron and Bernice were presented with a 30-year service trophy, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Assistant Commissioner for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, and a letter from the Minister for Fire and Disaster Recovery and Minister for Corrective Services the Hon. Nikki Boyd MP.

The special couple were also inducted as life members of the brigade for their combined commitment of 60 years to the rural fire service.

Hinchinbrook MP and Katter’s Australian Party Deputy Leader Nick Dametto said it was an honour to present Ron & Bernice with their Service Awards on behalf of the Hinchinbrook electorate.

“I am sure a lot has changed over the past 30 years, but one thing remains the same, organisations like Rural Fire are built off the back of hard work and tireless volunteering and there is no better example of that than the commitment given by Ron and Bernice,” Mr Dametto said.

“On behalf of the local community, I would like to thank the Rowe’s for their unwavering dedication and selfless commitment to the Purono Park Rural Fire Brigade.

“Rural fire brigades are powered by passionate volunteers and are often the unsung heroes who work so hard to keep our smaller rural communities safe and resilient.

“Thank you to all of our Rural Fire Brigade volunteers, for everything you do!”

For anyone interested in getting involved and joining the Rural Fire Service, please follow this link to find your  local brigade and contact them about how to apply: https://www.qfes.qld.gov.au/join-our-team/rural-fire-service/volunteer/eoi. The Rural Fire Service consists of approximately 1,400 brigades and 28,000 volunteers. If you’re over 16 years old, there is a place for everyone in a rural fire brigade.


Nick Dametto MP