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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Volunteers and staff from across Qld attend Sunshine Coast summit

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    Volunteers and staff from across Qld attend Sunshine Coast summit

    Queensland’s Rural Fire Service (RFS) will mark National Volunteer Week at a weekend summit on the Sunshine Coast.

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford, who will address the summit at Twin Waters tonight (Friday), said a range of topics would be discussed within the RFS and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

    “The summit provides an opportunity for about 150 RFS volunteers from across the state to interact and engage with QFES staff and a range of industry experts,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Sessions will be run to build the skills – and understanding – of participants around a range of topics, such as disaster management arrangements and working with local councils.

    “It is fitting the summit is being held during National Volunteer Week (NVW), an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.

    “The theme of the week is: Give a little. Change a lot, and no words could be more fitting for the RFS.

    “I spent many years with the Victorian CFA, and like all Queenslanders, I’m in awe of the amazing people who volunteer to help ensure the safety of communities right across the state.

    “These men and women are there when Queenslanders need them most.”

    Mr Crawford said the RFS had more than 1400 brigades around the state, with about 1000 appliances.

    “Rural Fire Service volunteers have signed on to make a difference – to tirelessly prevent, prepare for, respond to and help communities recover from fire and emergency events,” he said.

    “Volunteers are involved in a variety of activities including community education and engagement, managing the Permit to Light Fire system, fighting fires and helping during disasters such as floods and storms.

    “The RFS has had an immense impact in the community, and is integral to the vision of QFES, which is to create safe and resilient communities. Their ongoing support and dedication to the people of Queensland is certainly appreciated,” he said.

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