Premier pays tribute to Queensland firefighters

PREMIER Campbell Newman has paid tribute to the fantastic effort shown by Queensland firefighters who assisted their New South Wales counterparts during the recent bushfire disaster which gripped parts of the southern state.

Mr Newman, responding to a question without notice in State Parliament today said Australians were very resilient people.

"This resilience gets tested time and time again," Mr Newman said.

"In recent years we have seen a lot of floods, cyclones, drought and more recently fire.

"I have been watching the disturbing scenes going on across the border and we were very keen to do what we could to assist our neighbours in their time of need," he said.

Mr Newman told State Parliament 118 men and women from Queensland's urban and rural fire services headed south to assist their New South Wales counterparts tackle the bushfires.

"Our emergency services are obviously well versed in dealing with natural disasters," he said.

"It is not surprising they are called on to assist in times like this.

"It is also a case of returning the favour for the help we have received from our friends south of the border in the past few years."

Mr Newman said a number of brigades that came north during the 2009 fires around Rockhampton and Bundaberg came from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

"I want to thank these fine men and women who put their lives on the line every single day," he said.

"While the fire threat in NSW is not yet over, I can report each and every one of the men and women who were deployed have returned safely."



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