Firies gear­ing up for a long hot sum­mer

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

RU­RAL FIRIES: Steven Thomp­son, Loretta Ben­nett, Dave Scott, Luke Franklin, Bil­lie Mor­ton, Dave Mor­ton, Adam Mitchell, Mick Arm­strong and Neil Musch.

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