Stanwell says thank you to the firies
STANWELL residents are coming together this weekend to say thank you to those who helped save the community from fire destruction.
Leigh Macdonald, who co-runs the Stanwell Stop with her husband, said Wednesday was a "bad day” for Stanwell.
"The rural fire brigade were out amongst it when I returned home from work on Wednesday,” she said.
"We live up the road from the shop and were asked to evacuate. We weren't worried that the fire would reach the house because it was going in the opposite direction.
"We were one of the lucky ones.”
Ms Macdonald said the tireless work of the rural fire service, volunteers and emergency services was "phenomenal”.
"It was unreal,” she said. "Anyone that could help was helping. There were people with trailers and water.
"The firies didn't stop, they did an amazing job, especially the volunteers. They may not have a yellow shirt but they worked just as hard alongside making things happen.”
The Stanwell Stop, with Stanwell and Surrounds Community Club and Stanwell State School P&C, are holding a Thank a Firey event Saturday to say thank you for the heroic actions of firefighters, volunteers and emergency services in protecting the town from bushfire last week.
"We have received a massive outpouring of support from the local community, from strangers, from everyone,” Mrs Macdonald said.
"We have invited all the volunteers, rural fire service and emergency service personnel to come along.
"It's so small compared to what they have done. They put in so much effort and I believe they deserve some recognition and a huge thank you from everyone they helped.
"It doesn't repay for their efforts, time, energy or passion, but it's just so it doesn't go unnoticed. It shows we do appreciate everything they did.
"They put their life on hold for everyone else.”
Thank a Firey starts Saturday from 3pm at Stanwell Stop.
The afternoon will feature a jumping castle and face painting for the kids, music, a barbecue and refreshments.
The event is free for rural fire service, volunteers and emergency services personnel.