The efforts of senior volunteers have been praised by Queensland Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey, as part of the state’s Seniors Week.
“We all know the value of our seniors, they’ve worked hard throughout their lives to make Queensland the great state it is today,” Mr Dempsey said
“Indeed many senior citizens continue to provide wonderful service to Queensland through their volunteer contributions to Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and State Emergency Service (SES).
“I would encourage all seniors to consider volunteering for Queensland’s emergency services. “There are roles to suit all types of physical capabilities and skill levels and what’s more, the training and support our divisions offer volunteers is second to none.
“If you’re interested in supporting paramedics, you could join one of our Local Ambulance Committees (LAC), who work with the QAS to ensure their community receives the best possible care.”
Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers Ted Malone said seniors can also volunteer to support the RFSQ and SES.
“Supporting our rural firefighters doesn’t always involve standing on the end of a fire hose” Mr Malone said. “There are support and administrative roles available, or you may wish to consider a public facing role as a Volunteer Community Educator (VCE).
“Similarly, the SES offers a wide range of roles, with many of them in support capacities. “Our volunteer agencies are the lifeblood of our state and without them the community would suffer.
“The life experience and skills our seniors offer are of great benefit to these agencies as they continue to support Queensland. “I would encourage anyone considering volunteering to contact their local RFSQ, SES or LAC branch.”