Wat­tle Camp fire fight­ers trib­ute

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SOUTH Bur­nett fire­fight­ers who at­tended to a large bush fire in Wat­tle Camp on Au­gust 30 were thanked in Queens­land Par­lia­ment on Tues­day.

Nanango MP Deb Freck­ling­ton made the com­ments on Yel­low Rib­bon Day, a day com­mem­o­rat­ing the Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade.

“We have al­ready seen in this early part of the sea­son some se­ri­ous fires with crews kept busy in my patch from early Septem­ber fight­ing ma­jor fires at Wat­tle Camp and Booie, Cher­bourg, Taromeo, Black­butt, Be­narkin, El­gin Vale, Bal­lo­gie, Wondai, Nanango, Esk, Too­goolawah and Biarra,” Mrs Freck­ling­ton said.

“The Wat­tle Camp fires were par­tic­u­larly de­struc­tive and res­i­dents were evac­u­ated. There are too many vol­un­teers and per­son­nel to thank, with over 22 Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice crews in­volved, nine fire and res­cue crews, 10 SES per­son­nel, six QPS per­son­nel and three QAS who were on site as well as sev­eral pri­vate con­trac­tors.

“These crews en­sured there was no loss of in­fra­struc­ture or life.”

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