CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Warwick Rural Fire Brigades group officer Alan Payne.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Warwick Rural Fire Brigades group officer Alan Payne. Julian Luke

Alan Payne knows how to fight fire with dedication

WELL-KNOWN and much-respected Warwick identity, Alan Payne has an incredible passion for the volunteer staff of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and for his role in providing safety from fire for the entire Southern Downs community.

Alan is group officer of the Warwick District Area for QFRS.

He joined the QFRS in December 1990 with the Freestone Brigade.

He became the first officer for the Freestone Brigade in April 2004 and he still holds that position.

Alan is also the group officer for the QFRS Warwick Group, the deputy fire warden for the five fire warden districts and the Freestone Rural Fire Brigade treasurer.

During the 2010/11 flood events Alan provided wonderful support to disaster operations and this helped the Local Disaster Management Group enormously.

Alan's enormous wealth of knowledge is given freely and his commitment to the community is obvious to all.

As well as his involvement in the rural fire brigade, Alan has served for about 30 years as a Freemason and has spent time as secretary of the Freestone State School Parents and Citizens Association.

He has also devoted time to his faith, having served as a church elder for the Uniting Church.

Alan's dedication to the safety of his community and long involvement with the Rural Fire Brigade make him a worthy recipient of the Warwick Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award for 2014.



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