Sin­cere thanks to our vol­un­teers

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

AS IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Vol­un­teer Day falls in the midst of both bush­fire and storm and cy­clone sea­son, there is no more im­por­tant time to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion of vol­un­teers to the Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices and the wider com­mu­nity. To say that we could not de­liver emer­gency re­sponse to Queens­lan­ders in the same way with­out vol­un­teers is no over­state­ment. As grass fires ravage land­scapes, Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Queens­land vol­un­teers are leav­ing their day jobs and fam­i­lies to pro­tect oth­ers’ lives and prop­er­ties. When storms cause dam­age and flood­ing in streets, State Emer­gency Ser­vice vol­un­teers are out in force en­sur­ing the safety of com­mu­ni­ties. Our vol­un­teers take many dif­fer­ent forms, from front­line roles to those work­ing be­hind the scenes mak­ing sure com­mu­ni­ties are ed­u­cated, train­ing is up to scratch, re­spond­ing crews and units are fed, forms are com­pleted and min­utes are taken. We even have vol­un­teers in highly spe­cialised ar­eas, in our sci­en­tific unit for ex­am­ple, bring­ing ex­pert knowl­edge to our op­er­a­tions. I want to ex­tend my sin­cere thanks to the more than 40,000 vol­un­teers across all of our di­vi­sions. Your com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and un­re­served will­ing­ness to sacrifice your time and ef­fort for your com­mu­ni­ties is sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ated. This In­ter­na­tional Vol­un­teers Day, I en­cour­age all Queens­lan­ders to show your ap­pre­ci­a­tion for vol­un­teers by shar­ing a mes­sage on the QFES Face­book page (www.face­book.com/QldFire­andRes­cueSer­vice) or tweet us (@QldFES). In­clude your lo­ca­tion and we’ll make sure vol­un­teers from your com­mu­nity re­ceive the mes­sage.

Lee John­son, QFES Com­mis­sioner

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