Praise for our ru­ral firies

The Western Star - - NEWS -

RU­RAL firies ded­i­cate their time and com­mit­ment every day and this week we recog­nised their con­tri­bu­tions.

Yel­low Rib­bon Day was held on Tues­day to ac­knowl­edge the brave and tire­less work done by thou­sand of vol­un­teers in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Dur­ing bush­fires, floods or cy­clones – the 1440 Ru­ral Fire Brigades across the State pro­tect all com­mu­ni­ties from disas­ter.

QRFS area man­ager Goetz Graf said he hoped the day would en­cour­age oth­ers to join the ser­vice.

“Yel­low Rib­bon Day is a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion that 36,000 Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade vol­un­teers pro­vide to Queens­land,” Mr Graf said.

“These vol­un­teers pro­tect 93% of Queens­land.

“The day is about show­ing sup­port for the un­paid pro­fes­sion­als and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers, who wear the yel­low coat and ride the yel­low trucks by wear­ing a yel­low rib­bon.

“This day is not a fundraiser, it is a great op­por­tu­nity to have pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tion about how to sup­port a vol­un­teer ru­ral fire­fighter.”

Po­lice, Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mark Ryan said the day was an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the com­mit­ment and ef­forts of 36,000 ru­ral fire bri­gade mem­bers across the state.

“The ru­ral fire ser­vice cov­ers 93% of Queens­land and has about 1500 ru­ral fire brigades,” Mr Ryan said.

“Vol­un­teers sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in the time of need and cri­sis, whether it be from a bush­fire, storm, cy­clone, road traf­fic crashes, struc­ture fires or even chem­i­cal spills.

“These peo­ple don’t un­der­take these ac­tiv­i­ties for mone­tary re­ward or recog­ni­tion, they will­ingly give their time and ef­fort to help their fel­low com­mu­nity mem­bers through some of their dark­est hours.”

■ If you would like to know more about how to sup­port your lo­cal Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade or to join up, call into the area of­fice of the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vices, at 41 McDowall St, Roma.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RECOG­NI­TION: Yel­low Rib­bon Day is a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing the 36,000 Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade vol­un­teers.

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