WELL-DESERVED: Scott Walsh is one of the award recipients on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
WELL-DESERVED: Scott Walsh is one of the award recipients on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list. Lucy Rutherford

Honoured by the Queen for dedication in disasters

THROUGH droughts and flooding plains, Scott Walsh doesn't need many tools besides his 20 years of knowledge to arm residents with the skills they need to prepare and make it through disaster events.

He is among three of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' finest to be announced as award recipients on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Mr Walsh, an emergency management co-ordinator, and Glass House Mountains team leader Louis Spann received Emergency Services Medals for their long-standing and tireless commitment to the safety of Queensland communities.

The recipients of the nationwide awards must be nominated by colleagues, with supporting letters to showcase the dedication, sacrifices and contribution they have made in their respective fields.

"I think the biggest honour is knowing that my colleagues hold me to such high regard,” Mr Walsh said.

"It's very humbling to even be nominated by them, let alone win the award.

"None of us do it for the recognition, we do it to serve the community.”

The Roma local has travelled all over the world teaching communities crucial risk-management skills in events such as floods and drought.

"It always hits harder when it's devastation happening in your own patch,” he said.

"Luckily we've got such a generous community and even when someone is in a tough spot themselves they'll put others first.”

In what little free time he has, Mr Walsh volunteers as the Roma Local Ambulance Committee president and knows the importance of having volunteers lighten the load of emergency workers in rural towns.

"One of the greatest challenges we face is recruitment and retention of volunteers and we're always looking for more,” he said.

Mr Walsh will receive his medal at Brisbane Government House in September.


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