26 September 2023

Emergency volunteers rewarded

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Queensland’s emergency services volunteers are being recognised during National Volunteer Week for the vital work they do all over the State in times of great danger and dedication.

This week is National Volunteer Week, until next Sunday (22 May), with the Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Greg Leach recognising volunteers from the State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), declaring all played integral roles supporting Queensland and Queenslanders during times of need.

“Our volunteers have laced up their boots and spent the past week out in force, as parts of the State were once again hit with severe weather,” Commissioner Leach said.

“They have been absolutely incredible, working around the clock to respond to hundreds of requests for assistance, evacuate residents and assist with flood clean-up.”

He said National Volunteer Week, which includes Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day), is an opportunity for everyone to thank every volunteer for their dedication and commitment to supporting local communities.

“It is a particularly important week for QFES, which has approximately 35,000 volunteers across the RFS, SES and FRS,” Commissioner Leach said before commending the volunteers for their commitment to supporting communities and expressing his gratitude for their ongoing service.

“Whether they’re involved with QFES’s K9 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) squad, the Scientific Unit, community education, RFS or SES, every day our volunteers are out in the community and their personal sacrifice is not to be underestimated,” the Commissioner said.

“QFES volunteers are always willing to assist their communities, and often go above and beyond to get the job done.”

He said volunteering was incredibly rewarding and he encouraged more people to get involved.

“Our volunteers make a vital contribution to emergency response in this state,” Commissioner Leach said.

“If you have been thinking about volunteering with QFES, I encourage you to take up the opportunity to gain new skills and make lifelong friends,” he said.

Information about volunteering can be accessed at this PS News link.

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