National Volunteer Week 9th to 15th May 2016

Friday, 6 May 2016

National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers, especially our Rural Fire Service volunteers who give their time to defend their communities.

The theme for 2016 is to celebrate and explore the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.

There’s an old saying: “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”

It’s National Volunteer Week and as Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Services Volunteers I would like to publicly thank all volunteers and volunteer organisations across Australia.

In particular, I would like to thank the more than 43,000 dedicated emergency services volunteers; men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who donate their time and talent to protect fellow Queenslanders.

Whether it’s helping families to prepare for storm season each year, fighting a raging bushfire, searching for a missing child, or assisting a family to recover after a severe cyclone, our volunteers are there at all times: before, during and after an emergency.

Our rural fire brigades have responded to more than 6,300 incidents, 2,600 hazard reduction burns and 380 community education activities in 2015 alone. In addition, SES volunteers have dedicated an enormous 340,000 volunteer hours during the first nine months of this financial year.

These figures are impressive and I think it’s safe to say that without these volunteers, many Queenslanders would really struggle during emergencies.

If you know a rural fire volunteer or SES volunteer, you already understand what an exceptional person they are. This National Volunteer Week, I want to make sure they know that all of us at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) feel the same way.

Mike Wassing

QFES Deputy Commissioner, Emergency Services Volunteers


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