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Who hasn't dreamed of a fireman? Oooops, I meant fire truck
Who could forget those devastating floods in Brisbane in January, 2011? We all have a flood story or two, don't we?
Huge amounts of rain hit Queensland just before Christmas, 2010. I remember this quite clearly as my daughter had arrived from Sydney for the festivities and had made arrangements to meet friends on Christmas Eve at the local beer garden. She was back home within an hour minus her shoes. Josie's partner had to shoulder lift her to the car as her shoes had been lost in six inches of mud. A shame, as my daughter has exquisite taste in footwear.
The floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities around the state. At least 90 towns and over 200,000 people were affected. Three-quarters of the council areas within the state of Queensland were declared disaster zones. For those who tend to be visual, like myself, that equates to about 75 per cent of the land mass of Spain.
At that time a wide range of agencies and services pooled together to help our communities respond and recover, including the Police, SES, Ambulance, Red Cross, Lifeline and many others. Of course, let's not forget that these groups also inspired and led thousands of volunteers from all walks of life to give up their time to help with the clean up. Yes, the Mud Army was born. To paraphrase Dickens, "it was the worst of times, it was the best of times".
In times of disaster and adversity these same groups are present, efficiently and quietly getting the community out of trouble, though perhaps with a lot less media attention. House fires, missing children, lost bush walkers or fishermen, car accidents, attending to storm damage - that's where you'll find them.
On Sunday, 5th of March, come and meet some of these wonderful men and women who give so much at the Brisbane Emergency Services Expo at Teralba Park, Pullen Road, at Everton Park.
Come and see the latest disaster response equipment in action and meet local SES, Police, Ambulance, Firefighters, Marine Rescue, RSPCA, Lifeline, and Red Cross representatives. Listen and learn from their experience about how you can best prepare and plan for disasters to improve your resilience and that of your neighbours and communities.
You' will have the opportunity to get up close to flood, surf and other rescue boats, police response vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and other high-tech disaster response equipment. Did I mention fire trucks? Who doesn't love the fire trucks, I have to ask?
As well as lots of information and demonstrations there will be food trucks, activities for the children, stalls, prizes and give-aways.
This has all the makings of a great family orientated day. Pack the sunscreen and hats and let's make a day of it! Not only does it sound fun, it is also a quiet way of acknowledging the support of these organisations.
Did I tell you about being evacuated on the last train out of Brisbane and standing sardine style next to a bloke with his pet carpet snake around his neck?