Station an opportunity to thank volunteers | Editorial

Beaudesert Times congratulates Allandale Rural Fire Brigade members on the opening of their new fire station, which comes after 45 years of service without a place to call home.

After years of holding meetings at members’ properties, buying their own equipment, fundraising and working bees – all to help keep their community safe – the members of this rural fire service certainly deserve their new station.

Rural fire services are predominantly volunteer-driven and this new station begs the question of what our community would look like without volunteers – the people who, with no expectation of remuneration, use their spare time to help make our communities what they are.

Like all communities across Australia, ours has many organisations that would struggle to survive were it not for volunteers: the State Emergency Service, Meals on Wheels and Volunteers in Policing, to name just a few.

There are volunteers who help in charities, schools, aged care facilities, arts and heritage groups and sporting groups; who plant trees, care for injured and orphaned wildlife, protect the environment, fight fires, rescue people in trouble, hold lonely hands, care for the infirmed – the list goes on and on.

The extraordinary effort following the floods earlier this year paid testament to the intrinsic human drive to help one’s neighbour in times of need, even when it means receiving nothing in return except perhaps blisters from mopping up  all day.

People simply went out into the community and volunteered their time and efforts.

Even BlazeAid came to help out. 

The opening of the new fire station at Allandale is a reminder to us to thank all volunteers for their contributions.

It is a nudge to be mindful of those things that, under the care and attention of a volunteer, tick away like clockwork while the rest of us go about our daily business – to remember that if our volunteers all suddenly decided not to get out of bed on any given day, but to keep the day to themselves, many areas of community as we know it would most likely stop functioning. 

To all of the many volunteers of the Scenic Rim, and to the firefighters and other volunteers who have served at Allandale for so long without a station, thank you for freely sharing your time and your skills; this community really wouldn’t be the same without you.