Pro-active approach to safety
GYMPIE Fire and Rescue Station Officer Bob Von Nida said the number of residential fires and vehicle crashes appeared to be on the decline in the Gympie community thanks to a proactive approach to safety.
He said while the Gympie region had grown, government initiatives and community awareness had helped reduce the number of incidents fire fighters would normally have attend in his early days.
“While fire and rescue was once a reactive service, it has become more proactive thanks to initiatives taken by the government to reduce death and injury,” Officer Von Nida said.
The Fire and Rescue Service’s role includes educating the community on safety and implementing strategies to reduce the risks. Touch wood, but so far the Gympie region has had a relatively incident-free winter season however, QFRS says there is no time for complacency.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is again appealing to Queenslanders to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of house fire.
QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson said fires had the potential to spark in many locations of the home whether it be a result of food smouldering on the stove, an electric blanket in the bedroom, a clothes dryer in the laundry, chemicals in the garage or a heating system in the lounge room.
For further information on identifying fire hazards around the home visit http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/.