Firefighters who worked tirelessly trying to control the Stradbroke Island Fire during the last couple of weeks have been thanked by acting Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister John McVeigh.
Since 29 December 2013 urban, auxiliary and volunteer Firefighters have been putting their lives on the line to fight bushfires on Stradbroke Island.
Now the the fire has been contained and the island is in recovery mode Minsiter John McVeigh has issued a formal thank-you to all the hard working firefighters who helped contain the mass blaze.
Mr McVeigh noted that both urban and rural fire crews had done a magnificent job of battling the intense blaze which burned for more than two weeks.
“It is through their hard work, skill and dedication that no lives or homes were lost during this massive fire, despite the loss of 16,200 hectares of land,” Mr McVeigh said.
Mr McVeigh expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Newman Government to the 438 urban, auxiliary and rural firefighters.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson had high praise for all involved in fighting the fire.
“I commend and thank every person involved for their professionalism, commitment and dedication to keeping the people of North Stradbroke Island safe,” Mr Johnson said.
Mr Johnson described the harsh conditions and challenges the firefighters faced.
“These fires came with a unique set of challenges and often burnt in difficult terrain but effective planning and execution of these plans kept the fire from destroying lives and property.”
The communication between the emergency services and the community played an integral role in keep residents and visitors to the island safe.
“Community cooperation was integral in ensuring firefighting efforts were able to be performed effectively and safely,” Mr Johnson said.
Now the Fire and Emergency Services will re-group and evaluate the work they have done over the past fortnight.
“Our goal is to protect the community and our crews and one of the best ways we do this is look back on major operations and learn from our experiences to improve safety to Queenslanders, “Mr Johnson explained.
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