Ex-Colac paramedic now a state minister

Queensland’s new Fire and Emergency Services Minister says his time working as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter within Colac and district has given him a head start in his new role.

Queensland’s new Fire and Emergency Services Minister says his time working as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter within Colac and district has given him a head start in his new role.

Former Colac resident Craig Crawford will join Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government after the Queensland premier announced her new Cabinet on Monday.

The Barron River MP told the Colac Herald yesterday that the 48 hours since the announcement had been an “interesting journey”.

Mr Crawford said Fire and Emergency Services Minister would have been his “pick of the bunch” of ministerial roles and he was “extremely proud” of his new role.

Mr Crawford was a member and captain of Colac CFA and worked as a paramedic throughout the region before moving to Queensland in 2008.

“I joined the CFA while on the family farm at Dixie down near Terang there, my father was the captain for a number of years,” he said.

“When I moved off the farm I transferred my membership to a few different places, I was in Lorne and Rutherglen and then settled in Colac.

“I was with Colac until 2008; captain from 2004 to 2008, and during that time I began working as a full-time paramedic at the ambulance station at Colac and was captain of the fire brigade next door.

“There wasn’t many incidents that went down in the Colac area that I wasn’t aware of.”

Mr Crawford said he was happy with his new role and that his parents Val and Daryl Crawford were stoked for his ministry appointment.

But, he said he never thought his professional career would lead into politics.

“You never really know where your life is going to take you,” he said.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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