Sincere thanks to our volunteers
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