Rural firefighters battle a grassfire on McArthy Rd, Wurdon Heights.
Rural firefighters battle a grassfire on McArthy Rd, Wurdon Heights. Brenda Strong

Support rural firies

SPORT a yellow ribbon to show your support for rural firefighters across the Gladstone region this bushfire season.

The Rural Fire Brigades Association is calling for volunteer firefighters, rural fire brigades, fire wardens and concerned community members to tie a yellow ribbon to support their local volunteer rescue services.

The call comes as volunteers enter what is expected to be one of Queensland's worst bushfire seasons in the past 40 years, with no predicted rainfall in the coming weeks.

Coined Operation Yellow, to represent the colour of the rural firefighter uniform and fire trucks, the local initiative hopes to raise awareness of the hard-working rural firefighters in the lead-up to bushfire season.

Only 79 frontline staff support the operations of volunteers across Queensland, with 37 support staff supporting them.

The Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland is also raising funds and awareness through art union ticket sales and donations from the public.



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