Today, we’re being urged to show their support for Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers in Our Towns.
It’s Yellow Ribbon Day-The Day we can recognise the commitment and applaud the efforts of these volunteers by wearing a yellow ribbon.
Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland (RFBAQ) general manager Justin Choveaux says this year’s Yellow Ribbon Day – a RFBAQ initiative – held special significance “for all firefighters”.
“The 2018 bushfire season is testing the strength and resolve of all firefighters; full time, part time and volunteer.”
“If you know of a volunteer, are a volunteer, or value the commitment made by Rural Fire Brigades, wear a yellow ribbon to support those who wear the yellow coats and ride the yellow trucks.”
There are 36,000 volunteers across the state and our brigades not only fight bushfires, but also provide support and assistance during a range of emergency events.
They protect and support communities against any threat, including storms, cyclones, and road traffic crashes.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll says RFS volunteers are much more than just firefighters.
“They are often leaders and mentors and form the backbone of their communities.”
“We are highly dependent on volunteers in our communities as they help local land owners with fire mitigation activities and participate in regional training exercises to ensure they are ready to respond when disaster strikes.”
“Today is about ensuring everyone recognises the level of commitment, professionalism and contributions made by brigades and volunteers in their communities.”