Dempsey congratulates emergency workers on topping list

POLICE and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey joined emergency workers in Bundaberg today to congratulate them on taking out the top three positions on the Reader's Digest Most Trusted Profession list.

Firefighters and paramedics tied for first place in the annual poll, with State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers taking out third place.

"To have the nation repeatedly rank paramedics and firefighters as the people they have the most faith in demonstrates the high standard of professionalism and care these people exhibit in their roles," Mr Dempsey said.

The Reader's Digest poll is undertaken by an independent research company and surveys a cross section of 1200 Australians.

"Rescue volunteers are a recent category included in the poll and SES volunteers have ranked highly since its introduction," he said.

"The amazing response of the SES to floods, bushfires and other natural disasters shows why the community has so much respect for them."

Mr Dempsey said he was not surprised personnel from QFRS, QAS and SES took out the top three positions.

"I have seen firsthand the enthusiasm, dedication and diligence that paramedics, firefighters and SES volunteers apply every day in their work," he said.

"Emergency workers help people when they are at their most vulnerable. They work in harsh conditions during difficult times and I'm sure this recognition will be appreciated by men and women across all the divisions.

"I congratulate them on their success and thank them for their efforts."



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