Thanks for job by flood rescuers
WARWICK’S emergency services staff and volunteers yesterday received personal thanks and commendation for their work during the floods by the Department of Community Services Director-General Jim McGowan.
And the visit came with a special meaning, as Mr McGowan was born in Warwick and lived here until beginning high school in Toowoomba.
The former Warwick boy toured the SES, Ambulance and Fire and Rescue offices to get a first-hand account on the handling of the floods in the area.
He also hoped to take a visit to Leslie Dam, which he said was just being built when he was a pupil at Warwick West.
“I wanted to use the opportunity to come here and thank these guys and their colleagues for a job well done,” Mr McGowan said.
“The community needs to understand what level of dedication and commitment these guys put in.
“I think it is appreciated at the start, but I think once everything is over people tend to forget how hard they’ve worked.
“And it’s not just in the local area they’ve worked. These guys were deployed into North Queensland toassist with Cyclone Yasi and it is great to be able to call on these guys who have the training and expertise to be able to help in a range of places.”
Mr McGowan said all areas of Queensland affected by natural disasters over the past couple of months now needed to be patient as repairs progress.
“Recovery is difficult, and thelesson is people need to be patient,” he said.
“We can’t just rebuild what was knocked down; we have to build something that can resist damage in the future,” he said.
Mr McGowan said his assessment was the emergency services and council worked well together and the situation was handled well.