Praise for our rural firies
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.
RECOGNITION: Yellow Ribbon Day is a way of acknowledging the 36,000 Rural Fire Brigade volunteers.