Firies gearing up for a long hot summer
THE region’s dedicated volunteer rural firefighters took to the community in force last weekend to educate and help prepare Queenslanders.
They handed out handbooks with practical tips for a safer home, information about applying for permits and encouraging others to sign up as a member.
Rural fires are a reality in the Wide Bay region, and with the extreme heat and a string of hot days, the community needs to be educated on what to do.
Perry River’s First Officer Steven Thompson said the community needed to be prepared early.
Preparing your house and property early could save you time during an emergency.
“We are in need of more dedicated volunteers,” Mr Thompson said
Many rural fire brigades are lacking numbers and require more people to consider volunteering time.
“We provide quality training and support to all our members,” Mr Thompson said.
As summer approaches and the days get hotter, the risk of a fire increases, and the volunteers need the support to protect the community.
“Many farmers are volunteers and we encourage more to sign up,” Mr Thompson said.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, visit www.communitysafety. qld.gov.au
RURAL FIRIES: Steven Thompson, Loretta Bennett, Dave Scott, Luke Franklin, Billie Morton, Dave Morton, Adam Mitchell, Mick Armstrong and Neil Musch.