Goodbye and thank you firies
BUNDABERG residents lined Bourbong St to wave goodbye and say thank you to the firies who helped during the floods.
About 50 fire trucks joined the parade down Bourbong Street at 10am this morning.
A Gin Gin family travelled to Bundaberg to join the parade, waving off the firies and saying a heartfelt thank you.
Mum-of-three, Amanda Evans said her four-year-old son Joseph wanted to be a fire fighter.
"They love it, our four year old couldn't get enough of it," she said.
Mrs Evans said the parade was amazing.
"It was great to just support the firies that have travelled to help the community out in our time of need," she said.
Bundaberg MP and Minister for Police Jack Dempsey joined police and council to wave on the parade.
"Today is a day to say thank you on behalf of the community," Mr Dempsey said.
"Just like our turtles, they're allowed to come back any time."
Burpengary Station Officer, Jim Barnes said the parade was a wonderful idea.
"It gives them recognition for the efforts they've put in," he said.
Mr Barnes said the work of the firies had been exceptional.
"They put a full 12-hour day in - they walk out clean and come home muddy - most of them are volunteers," Mr Barnes said.
During the floods more than 700 firemen and women from around the state attended 4000 call-outs and cleaned and washed out 12,000 homes.
"Each home has a memory and whilst they did physical work, they also were a shoulder in a time of need," Mr Dempsey said.
"Bundaberg appreciates every effort and every moment they spent in our beautiful city."
Mr Dempsey said seeing the lapels of different regions on the fire truck in Bundaberg over the past weeks made you realise Bundaberg was never alone.
"The yellow ninjas certainly sprung into action when the time was needed," he said.
The Bundaberg MP said the emergency workers appreciated the support of the Bundaberg Cricket Club.
"They provided thousands of meals and a smile at the end of the day," Mr Dempsey said.
Bundaberg Mayor, Mal Forman said the parade had provided a wonderful opportunity for Bundaberg to say thank you.
"It's just amazing and we're just full of praise," he said.
Police and councillors stood outside the council chambers in a close group and waved and cheered enthusiastically as the parade passed by.