Volunteers clean up nursing home

FOURTEEN volunteers from Rural Fire Brigades in the Southern Downs region were washing out the St George Nursing Home yesterday in the aftermath of the disastrous flood in the area.

The 14 are part of a taskforce from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service helping out in Western Queensland.

There are five rural appliances from the area in St George and a rural fire brigade tanker driven by Mal Stacey from the Gladfield/Maryvale brigade.

Mr Stacey is the leader of the strike force from the Warwick and Stanthorpe areas.

QFRS incident controller and regional manager for rural operations, Wayne Waltisbuhl, said the volunteers were doing a fantastic job.

"The nursing home and 50 houses are outside of the levy," he said.

"We have been tasked to the nursing home first."

The 14 volunteers are part of a group of 46 from the QFRS currently working in Western Queensland.

The other workers in the QFRS team are from other areas of the state.

Mr Waltisbuhl said the 46 were part of the fourth rotation helping out in the floods.

In between long hours cleaning out the nursing home and property after the floods, the volunteers will stay in motel accommodation at St George.

They will return home on Wednesday.

Last week, The Glen Rural Fire Brigade volunteer Mark Saunders spoke to the Daily News after returning from flood work in Roma and Mitchell.

"There's a lot of devastation," he said.

Mr Saunders wasn't keen to take credit for his volunteer work.


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