COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Carol Wrage, First Officer of the Calliungal Rural Fire Brigade, says it would be impossible to volunteer without the support of her family.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Carol Wrage, First Officer of the Calliungal Rural Fire Brigade, says it would be impossible to volunteer without the support of her family. Allan Reinikka Rokawrage

Calliungal Rural Fire Brigade volunteer is a Marcia hero

AS CENTRAL Queensland bunkered down to face Cyclone Marcia, Carol Wrage was getting ready to help others.

The First Officer of the Calliungal Rural Fire Brigade was busy loading up trucks with water, tools and chainsaws in preparation for the clean-up ahead.

From the afternoon of the cyclone, Carol and fellow volunteers have worked tirelessly to clear fallen trees and other debris from roads and the homes of the disabled and elderly.

For Carol, helping others has always been a priority after growing up in a family of Country Fire Authority volunteers in Victoria.

She said many volunteers had put the community clean-up from Marcia ahead of any damage to their own property.

"We're there to help the community, not ourselves," she said.

"It's been horrific for the region, but the community spirit has just shone through so much it's just a great place to be.

"All the volunteers were a great bunch. It was hot, heavy, dangerous work and everyone had a smile on their face, everyone was happy to get in to help."

And while she was pleased to see so many people helping friends and neighbours in Marcia's wake, Carol said volunteers were always needed in the emergency services, even if only to make sandwiches for crews.

Carol said the families of volunteers also gave up a lot to help the community, missing out on time with their loved ones.

"If it wasn't for their support we wouldn't be able to do it."

Cyclone heroes

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow is looking for nominations for local "Marcia Heroes".

Council will hold presentations for emergency services groups, but they are asking for nominations for individual and business contributions.

Send through your nominations online to themorningbulletin.com.au or via post PO Box 397, Rockhampton.



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