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December 8, 2011
THE RAAF School of Fire and Secu-
rity (RAAFSFS) was presented with
its Governor-General's Banner (or
Colour) by Queensland Governor Pe-
nelope Wensley on November 23.
The school stood up for the first
time on November 23, 1982, as the
Defence Security Training School
and was renamed the RAAFSFS on
January 1, 1987. Its various elements
came together at its current location
After Ms Penelope Wensley
inspected the parade, the new ban-
ner was consecrated by the three Air
Force principal chaplains, CHAPs
Kevin Russell, Peter O'Keefe and
Murray Earl, and then marched past
the assembled guests.
Ms Wensley said she was remind-
ed of the enormous significance that
colours, standards and banners held
for serving and past personnel of the
Air Force and the ADF and the long
tradition of military training that their
"The RAAFSFS stands firmly in
that long military tradition of training
excellence and to understand just how
far professional training has raised
the bar we need only consider the
origins of the units that today make
up the Fire and Security School," Ms
"Records show there were fire
response teams among the grand total
of 150 personnel that made up the
RAAF when it came into being in
1921. However, these teams were
made up of rostered personnel bor-
rowed from other duties and their
equipment was absolutely primitive.
"What really made the difference
to the skills and the efficiency and
effectiveness of the firefighters in
the RAAF was the establishment in
the mid 1950s of the first RAAF fire
She reminded the attendees that
over three decades the school had
turned out more than 14,000 trainees.
They had then taken those skills
to bases around Australia, to overseas
deployments, and to humanitarian
missions following natural disasters.
"The school has more than lived
up to its motto of 'Security Through
Training', building a major skills base
that the RAAF needs to operate effec-
tively as a modern air force," she said.
"All of the school's history, its
dedicated and distinguished ser-
vice to the RAAF, the ADF and the
Australian people is now recognised
by and embodied in the Governor-
General's Banner consecrated and
presented to the school today.
"I share the school's great pride on
this important occasion and I wish it
every success as it continues to serve
the ADF under its beautiful new ban-
"Closer to home to Queenslanders
affected by the floods earlier in 2011,
I as governor and on behalf of the
people of Queensland express my
deep gratitude [to the school]."
After the parade, more than half its
participants graduated: the firefight-
ers on November 24, airfield defence
guards on November 25 and military
working dog handlers on December 1.
VITAL JOB GOES ON: Extinguishing a fuel fire.
Photo: LAC Casey Smith PROUD MOMENT: Reviewing Officer Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley stands
before the Colour Party as they slow march during the parade.
Photo: LACW Jessica Smith
CARRYING ON A TRADITION:
Personnel march on to the parade
ground. Photo: LACW Jessica Smith
S colours presented
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