2019 Maritime Medal to search & rescue volunteer

2019 Maritime Medal to search & rescue volunteer

A Sydney man who has given four decades service to training NSW State Emergency Services (SES) staff and volunteers has been honoured with the 2019 Maritime Medal, as announced by the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, Eleni Petinos, at the Sydney International Boat Show Breakfast held recently.

Colin McQueen has spent over 40 years helping prepare the SES for on-water flood rescues.

Mr McQueen also assesses staff and volunteers qualifying to become masters of the eight different types of boats in the SES fleet. “Colin’s volunteer work is vital to the SES rescues that happen in often turbulent and dangerous flood waters,” Ms Petinos said.

“As part of his volunteer work, he also undertakes search and rescue operations for missing persons on NSW waterways in support of NSW Police.

“Colin is an inspiration, who also devotes his time to support key community maritime events such as the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic and Clean Up Australia Day and Sydney Harbour events.”

In addition to delivering training for the NSW SES, Colin leads mentoring programs and is also training NSW SES staff to be trainers so they can teach the next generation of staff and volunteers to operate the NSW SES fleet.

The Maritime Medal recognises those who go above and beyond to make waterways safer for everyone, who take care of the maritime environment, and make outstanding and sustained contributions to the boating community.