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YOUR SAY: Firies cop a blast from motorist

SAFETY FIRST: Multiple water bombing helicopters and firefighters helped control a rapid bush fire threatening houses on the Clifton-Gatton Rd, Hirstglen.
SAFETY FIRST: Multiple water bombing helicopters and firefighters helped control a rapid bush fire threatening houses on the Clifton-Gatton Rd, Hirstglen. Francis Witsenhuysen

AFTER spending a couple of days after work at the control point at Hirstglen fires as a volunteer fire fighter who has over sixteen years of experience, I was very disgusted at several motorist who saw fit to take their anger out on me due to the fact we had to shut the Gatton/Clifton Rd to protect our very valuable fire fighters, who are volunteers who don't get paid and give up their holidays, toil days, take unpaid leave and miss out on family time to help the public keep their lives and property safe.

We also had air support dropping about two tonnes of water at a time very close to the road to stop the fire from jumping across, which could put the motorist in danger.

The motorist that thought their trip to wherever they were going was more important than these fire fighters should be ashamed.

Fire is very unpredictable so no-one can predict when or how long roads need to be closed and what price can we put on keeping the lives of these very special hard working people safe.

Also had some very disgruntled people who said there were no signs which we had organized and were put in place as soon as they could be.

I was amazed on my way home to see these signs in place and that the public could have missed them means that they were not concentrating on their driving and it is no wonder that there are so many accidents.

No one can predict when a fire will become an emergency so I say to all motorists, be patient and be kind to the emergency workers as they are only trying to help in very trying circumstances.

Please obey all signs as it for your safety as well as the emergency personal.

There is no excuse for bad manners towards anyone, leave yourself extra time for emergency events.

Thank you to all the well mannered, patient drivers who had nothing but kind regards.

MARILYN GREER, Cambooya

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