Logan SES favourite receives a Queen’s birthday honour

A MARSDEN man who has devoted more than 30 years to the work of the State Emergency Service has been recognised in 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Terry Chapman snapped with a student at at careers expo at Flagstone Careers Expo in 2016. Photo: Supplied

Terry Chapman snapped with a student at at careers expo at Flagstone Careers Expo in 2016. Photo: Supplied

Logan State Emergency Services unit deputy local controller Terrence Chapman received an emergency services medal for distinguished leadership and prolonged SES service.

Mr Chapman joined the SES not long after his own house went under during the 1974 Brisbane floods.

The 69-year-old retired teacher has worked all over the state through floods and cyclones and made significant contributions to training delivery, leading the establishment of the Logan Emergency Services cadet program.

Mr Chapman is one of six Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel recognised for dedication to community safety. 

Others included Rural Fire Service south eastern region inspector Kaye Healing, who received the Australian Fire Service Medal for more than 20 years’ of outstanding leadership, care and devotion to volunteers.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the awards were testament to the outstanding commitment and service the recipients had shown to Queenslanders, their colleagues and peers.

“The efforts of QFES personnel never ceases to amaze me, and I am thrilled that the contributions of these six dedicated individuals have been formally recognised,” Mr Crawford said.

“I look forward to seeing their work continue to benefit our communities in future years.”

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said it was a privilege to see the recipients’ professionalism, dedication and commitment recognised and celebrated.

“I am proud to have these very deserving personnel representing QFES in the community,” Ms Carroll said.

“Their outstanding work and achievements over the years have helped our agency to establish a national and international reputation as a leader in the fields of fire and emergency management.”

Inspirational Australians who received medals included Olympic swim veteran Dawn Fraser, esteemed jeweller Wallace Bishop, late guitarist Phil Emmanuel, cricketer Neil Harvey, comic Tom Gleisner and paralympian Kurt Fearnley.

Former Tamborine Mountain RSL sub-branch president and life member John Brookes won a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to veterans and their families.