Vol­un­teers keep state safe

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

DUR­ING a cri­sis or nat­u­ral disas­ter, men and women across Queens­land vol­un­teer count­less hours to sup­port their com­mu­ni­ties.

But th­ese heroes also vol­un­teer their time in the de­liv­ery of ev­ery­day front­line ser­vices.

From storm dam­age re­sponse, to fire­fight­ing and ad­vanced first aid, vol­un­teers across the state as­sist in pro­tect­ing the lives and prop­erty of Queens­lan­ders.

I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to say “thanks a mil­lion” to vol­un­teers in their own com­mu­nity as part of National Vol­un­teerWeek.

The Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety re­cruits, trains and sup­ports more than 40,000 vol­un­teers, who last year ded­i­cated more than 450,000 hours (or in ex­cess of 27 mil­lion min­utes) to sup­port­ing their com­mu­ni­ties.

Th­ese men and women com­mit this time to a range of roles within the Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, State Emer­gency Ser­vice and Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

As Min­is­ter for Po­lice and Com­mu­nity Safety, I would like to sin­cerely thank those in­di­vid­u­als who are com­mit­ted to the safety of Queens­lan­ders.

The Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Safety could not pro­vide out­stand­ing front­line ser­vices with­out the ded­i­ca­tion of th­ese won­der­ful vol­un­teers.

As well as recog­nis­ing the tremen­dous work of vol­un­teers, I would also en­cour­age any­one who has thought of be­com­ing a vol­un­teer to ex­plore the op­tions avail­able within DCS.

From help­ing peo­ple af­ter a storm or nat­u­ral disas­ter, search­ing for a miss­ing per­son, pro­vid­ing life­sav­ing ad­vanced first aid to fight­ing fires, the op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit ses.qld.gov.au, am­bu­lance.qld.gov.au/vol­un­teer or ru­ral­fire.qld.gov.au/vol­un­teer­ing.

Hon Jack Dempsey, Min­is­ter for Po­lice and

Com­mu­nity Safety

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