Older volunteers in spotlight this Seniors Week
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is celebrating the contributions of its older volunteers as Seniors Week 2017 kicks off across the state.
Seniors Week will run from 19 – 27 August and this year’s theme, ‘A Queensland for all ages’, aims to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together in festivity.
QFES has nearly 600 active State Emergency Service (SES) volunteer members and 8700 rural firefighting volunteers aged 65 and over.
QFES Acting Commissioner Michael Wassing said older members are essential to volunteer groups in local communities.
“The senior volunteers of QFES are an asset to our branches and bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication,” Mr Wassing said.
“Celebrating Seniors Week allows us to thank our volunteers for their hard work and let them know they are respected and valued by their communities.”
Mr Wassing also encouraged other older or retired Queenslanders to get involved with their local SES groups and rural brigades.
“Joining us as a volunteer is a great way to build community spirit,” he said.
“People of all ages, seniors included, have a lot to both offer and gain from volunteering in their local communities.
“There is a great sense of comradery and responsibility among our senior volunteers.”
One senior volunteer, former First Officer Allan Weiss, said his work with the Rural Fire Service had allowed him to create lifelong friendships.
Mr Weiss has volunteered with the Brookfield Rural Fire Brigade for 60 years.
“It’s enjoyable to have good company and good workmates with you; it’s a great atmosphere knowing you’re with great people and trying your hardest,” he said.
“You’re working for your friends, neighbours and the district.”
QFES will be showcasing volunteers like Mr Weiss through social media until August 27.