Fighting fire & cancer in Tinaroo, Leslie Green

Leslie Green has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award for his hard work and dedication to the Queensland Rural Fire Service.

Leslie is battling leukemia, but that doesn’t stop him from fighting fire as well.

Leslie is currently First Officer of the Tinaroo Rural Fire Brigade, as well as deputy firewarden, an RFBAQ representative, a Lakes Group founding officer, a training officer, and area coordinator for the Disaster Management Committee of Kairi and Tinaroo.

Christine Green, Leslie’s wife, said “through his endeavours and his inclusivity, he has empowered half of the community to be volunteers to protect their own community, whether it's operational firefighting, communications operators or making sandwiches.”

“This has resulted in the Queensland Rural Fire Service becoming a more capable organisation, as the town is self-sufficient in managing an incident.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8 - 14 May 2017.