Thank a first responder

The remains of the Woori Yallock property.

Today marks Thank A First Responder Day, and CFA is taking the opportunity to not only thank its members, but also those emergency service responders who work alongside them.

CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said CFA volunteers work as one with police, paramedics, SES volunteers, and many other first responders to help their communities.

“Our volunteers don’t sign up for recognition, but simply saying ‘thank you’ is an easy way to acknowledge their incredible efforts,” said CO Heffernan.

“We would also like to extend that gratitude to our first responder partners who work tirelessly to support their communities in emergency situations.”

Monique is one community member who reached out to show her appreciation of first responders after a recent fire at her family’s Woori Yallock property.

“My mum was home alone when she looked out the window and saw smoke up the hill near the shed, so she called 000,” said Monique.

“There were 11 fire trucks as well as ambulance and SES.”

“I really want to emphasise how appreciative our family is, especially for the four brigades that came out to help, but also made the effort of coming out the following day to check if my parents were okay.

“My mum felt very relieved that she was no longer alone, and she said the firefighters were so supportive and so nice, and really put her mind at ease.

CFA encourages all Victorians to reach out today and Thank A First Responder.