Busiest little station
CONGRATULATIONS and thanks to the local SES, police and the fire and rescue people for their brilliant job in finding Li Ping Zhou on Saturday, bringing a happy close to an episode that until then was drawing darker by the minute as time ran out.
It highlighted in the most dramatic way how devoted, sklled and generous all these people are – not least the volunteers who fill the ranks of the firies and SES.
And the community too helped in ways that were crucial to the successful outcome, by helping the searchers with information as to where the old woman may have wandered. There were lots of helpers – like the accommodation providers and booking agents who helped with arrangements for the family’s unplanned extended stay.
And the taxi driver who charged them as little as possible because he recognised them when they needed to travel along the main road as part of their search.
As it happens, the Port Douglas emergency services were well set up show their class.
The fire station recently underwent a $1 million dollar upgrade and now can function as a high quality base including emergency management centre thanks to new engine bays, drying cabinets, storage, amenities rooms, a premium grade generator, business grade telecoms and other features.
Ask station chief Rory Kelliher and he tells you it’s first class for a small town. He should know because he has served in whoppers down in Townsville.
The Port Douglas auxiliary firefighters respond to 300 call outs per year, making it the busiest crew north of Brisbane.
All of these volunteers make this commitment to help out when called upon, day or night. Not to mention the rostering at the station to be on standby and other duties. It’s extraordinary.