Firie Mark notches up 25 years on the job
AS A 24-year-old father with a love of league and the community, the decision for Mark Sullivan to join the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service seemed an obvious one.
In 1992 he took part in 12weeks of rigorous training and came out the other end determined to educate Warwick on fire safety.
"My first day was February 24, 1992, and since then I've been at the Warwick station,” MrSullivan said.
"I was mostly involved in community education, that's what I enjoyed.”
Mr Sullivan's main prerogative was teaching young minds the importance of fire safety, helping more than 2500 families as part of the Fight Fire Fascination program.
"I wanted to do anything I could to help out the youth and protect property and lives in Warwick,” he said.
That ethos extended beyond classrooms and courses to responding to emergency calls.
"We have our tough times but the good times outweigh the bad,” he said.
"Saving someone's house and getting someone out of a vehicle and into an ambulance is always a big part of job satisfaction.”
Mr Sullivan hoped to get another 15 years out of his uniform and still remembered his first job 25years ago.
"There was a power line down that started a fire on a Yangan property,” he said.
"We didn't want to see houses burning down or people getting hurt and that's still our aim today.”