Ben Doolah has been selected as an Everyday Hero within the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Department for dedication to duty as a remote SES volunteer.

He was nominated by QFES station officer Conor Maguire who is based on Horn Island in the Torres Strait.

Ben is one of 18 finalists, six of whom will be selected in the categories of Dedication, Working Together, Excellence, Ownership, Achievement and the Young Everyday Hero.

In his submission, Mr Maguire said that Ben, 30, has maintained his skills currency and advanced in leadership roles where he is now the Group Leader.

Ben is also a volunteer member of the QFES – Rural Fire Service (RFS) since joining the brigade on Horn Island on the 14 August, 2007.

“Once again Ben has demonstrated his dedication to the service and his community in remaining an effective member since this time and progressing through the ranks to the position of 1st Officer,” Mr Maguire wrote.

Horn Island is extremely remote and isolated. It is also subject to extreme weather conditions which generally results in large scale wildfires annually.

“Ben consistently demonstrates his commitment to the Horn Island community and the QFES through his reliability and effectiveness in responding to emergency situations and co-operation when requested to assist other divisions of the QFES and other external agencies.

“Ben is a very highly regarded member of the Torres Strait community, and I have every confidence in his abilities as a leader in the SES and RFS brigades.

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with Ben and feel he would be a very worthy precipitant of Everyday heroes award.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Brisbane on June 10th.

They will receive prize money of $1000, with a further $1000 donated to a charity of their choice. The Young Everyday Hero award winner will receive a $500 bursary to assist with equipment costs for their Emergency Services training participation.

Ben and his firefighting mates on Horn Island, Torres Strait.
Ben and his firefighting mates on Horn Island, Torres Strait.