At 63 years of age Bundaberg Regional SES Unit volunteer Marjorie Rose has no qualms about jumping into a rescue boat or completing rigorous training, and it's that dedication over the past 12 years that has earned her an achievement award.
Midge, as she is known by colleagues, was today presented an Australia Day Award at the Bundaberg Regional Council chambers on behalf of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
She was nominated for here outstanding devotion to duties as a member of the Bundaberg Regional SES Unit and commitment to the values of the SES and QFES.
It's a role Midge loves and takes on with great gusto.
“You know, sometimes we can spend every day out doing something,” she said.
“For example, we have been in uniform for the past two weeks participating in land searches, training, administration duties- you name it, we are doing it.”
Midge is the Local Area Controller in Gin Gin and is part of a dedicated team who often travel to emergency situations near and far to lend a helping hand.
“We are like one big family,” she said.
“I am 63 years old and I am in charge of the flood boat, I think it is awesome.
“That is only one part of what I love about it all.”
Midge said being an SES volunteer provided a variety of experiences and the opportunity to build on certain skills.
“And it's better than bowls!” she joked.
“We go on searches – we went down to Maryborough when it was flooded and helped clean up alongside our comrades at the rural fire brigades.
“Anything we do in the SES also helps us in our private life too.”
Midge said being recognised with an award was the cherry on top of a role that she loved.
“We don't do it for awards or medals, we don't do it for anything but it is nice to be recognised,” she said.
“I love it, this award is something I can put on my desk.
“I am thrilled that people have thought of me.”