Front line women recognised
THE Department of Community Safety is highlighting the invaluable contribution of women to front line emergency and corrective services as part of International Women's Day tomorrow.
Director-General Kelvin Anderson said the department's female staff and volunteers spent countless hours working in sometimes difficult and dangerous conditions to support the community.
"On a day where women around the world are recognised, we are proud to acknowledge and commend the achievements of women in the DCS, many who work in roles traditionally filled by men," Mr Anderson said.
"The Department is proud of its commitment to diversity, and in particular our female staff and volunteers who make a difference by ensuring the safety and security of their local communities."
Mr Anderson said female staff and volunteers worked in diverse roles throughout Queensland Ambulance Service, members of Local Ambulance Committees, first responders, managers, Emergency Medical Dispatchers and patient transport officers.
"Around 35 per cent of the total QAS workforce and 28 per cent of the state's paramedics are women," he said.
"54 per cent of our LAC members and 49 per cent of first responders and honorary ambulance officers are female."
QAS Toowoomba emergency medical dispatcher Melanie Plows loves her job.
Mrs Plows' husband is also a paramedic and their family moved from New Zealand to Toowoomba three years ago.
The Chronicle will feature Mrs Plows and other emergency services workers in tomorrow's paper.
Mr Anderson also acknowledged the female State Emergency Services volunteers who represented more than 30 per cent of Queensland's 7,300 active SES members.
"These women take time away from their families, work and personal lives to support their communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year," he said.
Mr Anderson said the Fire and Rescue Service had also seen an increase in the number of female urban firefighters, Voluntary Community Educators, Rural Fire Service volunteers in recent years.