Volunteer firies praised
RAIN this week was a welcome relief, but rural firefighters are urging landholders to continue to monitor grassfires.
Bundaberg fire Inspector Tony Johnstone said if people had experienced a fire on their property they should constantly patrol that fire, “even two weeks later”.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Lee Johnson said the service’s ability to protect countless properties and keep residents informed would not have been possible without the volunteer workforce.
“Rural fire volunteers from across Queensland left their everyday jobs and families to commit countless hours to the frontline as unfavourable conditions made battling these bushfires extremely difficult,” Mr Johnson said.
“If recent fire activity isn’t enough of a reminder, residents must ensure they are bushfire-prepared and have the steps in place should a fire encroach on their homes,” he said.
Andrew Vicary of the Auburn Beerong Rural Fire Brigade commended all local rural brigade members, landholders and helpers for the time and work they put into making breaks, patrolling the fires and co-ordinating where help was needed.
“Having the back-up and support of the QFRS was greatly appreciated, as it took pressure off the local brigade members and landholders.
“The volunteer strike teams from Bundaberg and Rockhampton brigades were a great support,” Mr Vicary said.
“Knowing that these people have put down tools at home and come in to help gives us great appreciation for what they do.
“We need to ensure that we have made our role as safe as possible considering the dangers that are faced by crews on the front line,” said area controller Adam Gwin.
“We need to look at lessons learned from fires within Australia where people have lost their lives whilst fighting fires, and losing one life is one too many.”