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Queensland Women's Week

On 8 March, as part of Queensland Women's Week (6-12 March) and International Women's Day, QFES announced the winners of the QFES Women in Fire and Emergency Services Awards at the Public Safety Portfolio International Women's Day Luncheon in Brisbane.

Congratulations to the five QFES personnel who received awards. These members have made outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in their workplaces.​

2017 QFES Women in Fire and Emergency Services Awards winners:

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​Outstanding Female Leader (Operational Staff)

Quinn Cramer, Senior Firefighter, Central Region

Quinn has been instrumental in the establishment of a Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) regional communication and mentoring network for full-time, auxiliary and volunteer firefighters. This network provides firefighters from QFES and across Australia opportunities to share ideas and work together to build diversity and inclusion in fire and emergency services.  ​


​Outstanding Female Leader (Volunteer)

Christine Reed, 1st Officer, Bellthorpe Rural Fire Brigade, Brisbane Region

Christine has demonstrated outstanding leadership in an operational firefighting environment over the past year, utilising strong working relationships across partner agencies to enhance response capability. She is a mentor for female volunteer firefighters, supporting their achievement of Crew Leader qualifications, and also to school students participating in the Certificate II Public Safety (Firefighting Operations) program.  

Outstanding Female Leader (Admin/Support)

Kay Burkin, Support Officer, SES Far Northern Region

Kay's outstanding dedication, sacrifice and hard work are immeasurable. Her innovative and collaborative approach to the internal processes of Cairns State Emergency Service ensure successful planning, training and operational events. She is an inspiration to her peers and a mentor to many.​​

Mentor of the Year

Anthony Guse, Station Officer, South Western Region

Tony is recognised for his guidance and encouragement of female participants in the Officer Development program. By supporting their study efforts and leading out of hours practice sessions, Tony has helped participants successfully complete their operational assessments and continues to mentor them through their Station Officer responsibilities.  

Champion of Change

Janine Taylor, Principal Advisor, Innovation & Diversity HCM

Janine promotes and influences inclusion and diversity across QFES. Her efforts have been instrumental in delivering cultural change and enabling integration of QFES services. She is an active mentor of basegrade firefighter candidates and has established a variety of networks to ensure operational staff and volunteers from all streams have access to peers for support, guidance, mentoring and leadership.

IGEM Champion of Change

Cheryl-Lee Fitzgerald, Emergency Management Executive Manager, Far Northern Region

Congratulations also goes to QFES staff member Cheryl-Lee Fitzgerald for receiving the IGEM Champion of Change Award.