Thank you to those who fought the blaze

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - —JACK LAWRIE

FORE­CASTS sug­gest we’re com­ing out the other end of the heat wave, at least for now.

The weather con­di­tions have seen a num­ber of blazes break­ing out across the re­gion, with fire crews work­ing through harsh con­di­tions to keep them con­tained.

I want ev­ery­one to ex­tend a note of thanks to the Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice crews and SES vol­un­teers for do­ing their part to keep us safe.

For the fires we had out here at Glen­leigh and Mor­ganville, crews worked like a well-oiled ma­chine keep­ing the blaze within the con­tain­ment lines.

At Gooroolba alone, there were 40 crew mem­bers work­ing to get the fire un­der con­trol.

Heat waves like this are the hard­est for fire crews, both for the height­ened fire risk and for the sheer fa­tigue that comes from work­ing in those con­di­tions.

I’d like to ex­tend a spe­cial note of con­grats to the SES; for last week’s pa­per, I in­ter­viewed lo­cal con­troller Brian Lowe and one of the things he told me that stuck out was that if an SES vol­un­teer is called for a job, they can say no.

That means ev­ery­one who vol­un­teered to help the crews through­out the harsh week didn’t have to be there, and yet they did it any­way.

So, if you see some­one in a fire crew or vol­un­teer uni­form this week, be sure to give them a pat on the back.

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