December 5 marks International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2018, a day that recognizes volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters.
International Volunteer Day 2018 focuses on the values of volunteerism through the appreciation of local volunteers, including the marginalized groups and women, who make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide, and their impact on building resilient communities.
CFA is one of the world’s largest emergency services organisations.
Chief Officer Steve Warrington recognised two recent deployments of firefighters to Queensland as an example of the importance of volunteers.
“Today we congratulate, and celebrate, the vital role our volunteers play in protecting lives and property. “ Steve said.
“You only need to look as far as the recent deployment of firefighters to Queensland, which contained a number of CFA volunteers, who have dropped everything to assist another state during their time of need.
“We’re lucky to have these people as a part of our organisation.”
CEO Paul Smith highlighted that although volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, they all play a crucial role in their organisations.
“Our volunteers are from all walks of life: mums, dads, professionals, tradespeople, students, unpaid professionals, retirees.” Paul said.
“All provide different value from their everyday lives, and all are vital to the communities they serve and CFA as a whole.”