GIVE THANKS: St Paul's warden Marjorie Furness has devised an event to thank fireys and ambos.
GIVE THANKS: St Paul's warden Marjorie Furness has devised an event to thank fireys and ambos. DEIRDRE SMITH

Show gratitude for emergency services

EVERYBODY knows that firefighters and ambulance officers work under difficult conditions but St Paul's Anglican Church warden Marjorie Furness has come up with a special way to thank them.

The church will hold a Thanksgiving for Emergency Services on Saturday, May 11, at 2pm.

The service will be conducted by the Rev Daniel Sitaran and include a piper, organist and hymns sung by school choirs. Afternoon tea will also be provided.

Ms Furness said with an ageing population, ambulance services were under more stress than ever and large-scale events such as the Girraween fires had placed heavy demands on fire fighters.

She also acknowledged the role of the SES, who were "called out at all hours in the night”.

"They do such a great job,” she said.

"We want to say thank you to their families as well as they are all involved too.”

Stanthorpe Fire Station does about 150 call-outs a year - firefighters have three minutes to get to the station and seven to get the truck on the road.

The local Queensland Ambulance Service did 2022 jobs last year, or almost 40 a week.

St Paul's Anglican Church is located at the corner of High and Corundum Sts, Stanthorpe.

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