GREENBANK firefighter Fabian Stangherlin has received the Australian Fire Service medal in Australia Day honours.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Katarina Carroll said Mr Stangherlin was recognised for exemplary service and leadership.
The first officer at Greenbank Rural Fire Brigade, Mr Stangherlin had undertaken development work, especially on how fire fighters should handle large animals during rescues.
This work was put into practice last year when a horse was rescued from a Greenbank well.
Ms Carroll applauded Mr Stangherlin for his animal work and for setting up so-called “flexible habitat’’ for emergency service workers.
“Mr Stagherlin has shown dedication above and beyond his role as a volunteer,” Ms Carroll said. “Mr Stangherlin’s work ... is certainly innovative and is leading the way within Queensland for these types of rescues.’’
He also has introduced a portable accommodation facility – known as flexible habitat - to house emergency service workers.
This had already been used by emergency service personnel during floods and cyclones.
Ms Carroll said Mr Stangherlin was highly respected by his peers.
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