AS Queensland’s senior citizens are recognised across the state this week as part of Seniors Week celebrations, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) commend the valuable contributions of seniors volunteering in emergency service positions.
QFES South Eastern Region Area Director Corey Bock recognised the outstanding contribution of senior volunteers in emergency service roles, such as the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RSFQ), and the valuable life experience they brought to the role.
“The life experience and skills that our seniors offer is of great benefit to the emergency services,” Mr Bock said.
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“Supporting our rural firefighters and volunteer emergency service personnel doesn’t always involve standing on the end of a fire hose or drip torch, or attending an incident. There are many valuable support roles available, which benefit both the community and local brigades that are handled by dedicated volunteers behind the scenes.
“There are also public facing roles such as becoming a Volunteer Community Educator (VCE) to educate the community about how they can prepare their households against the threat of bushfire, or more behind the scenes roles in the administration of the brigade.
“Many of our senior volunteers bring extensive knowledge of operations, experience in niche fields or prior training to the role that is of great benefit to the service.”
Emergency Management Queensland Acting South Eastern Regional Manager Margaretta Burton encouraged seniors who were looking for a way to give back to their community to sign up to volunteer with their local State Emergency Services.
“Volunteering with their local SES crew is a great way to stay active in the community and contribute to something bigger,” she said.
“Whether it’s coordinating logistics for ground searches, managing equipment and training supplies, or manning the radios during community events, there are many roles suitable for seniors.
“Heading down to your local SES shed or RFSQ station to talk to existing volunteers about joining is the first step.”
Ms Burton said appropriate training was provided to all volunteers to ensure they were capable and confident in their roles.