Local Emergency Service Volunteers Thanked During Volunteer Week

13/05/2013

Local residents are being encouraged to show their appreciation for our emergency service volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week.

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said more than 40,000 Queensland volunteers dedicated more than 27 million minutes last year to keeping the community safe.

"Whether it be Rural Fire Service crews, SES volunteers, Local Ambulance Committee members or other emergency volunteers, these men and women give their time to help provide some of our most important services," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"These people are the real heroes in our communities and you only have to look at the hard work they put in during recent flooding events to see the difference they make to our state."

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said National Volunteer Week (May 13-19) is the time to recognise their efforts.

"I would like to say "thanks a million" to the tens of thousands of volunteers who have assisted with emergencies and disaster preparation over the past year," Mr Holswich said.

"I would also like to encourage anyone thinking of becoming a volunteer to take up the challenge, knowing you have our support."

State wide there are more than 5,900 SES volunteers, 35,000 Royal Fire Service volunteers and the Queensland Ambulance Service has approximately 1,750 volunteers.

Volunteering Qld CEO Perry Hembury said National Volunteer Week was a time to celebrate the contribution of all Queensland's 1.2 million volunteers.

"The value of volunteering cannot be overstated - participation through people's time, skills and passion adds to a proud culture of giving in our society, contributing more to the economy than most high-profile industries," Mr Hembury said.

"When we engage with our community we not only make our world a better place, but also establish a legacy for future generations as a society that values social participation."

For more information, visit www.ses.qld.gov.au, www.ambulance.qld.gov.au/volunteer, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Volunteering or www.volunteeringqld.org.au