Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) staff and volunteers will be among thousands of emergency services personnel door-knocking homes across Queensland this Saturday (September 15), with a collective goal of building community resilience.
Operation Knock Knock kicks off this weekend aimed to help connect Queenslanders with emergency services personnel and their local communities.
The initiative is led by QFES in collaboration with Red Cross, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR), PCYC Emergency Services Cadets, Local Councils, Queensland Reconstruction Authority and Local Government Association of Queensland.
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll says Operation Knock Knock would encourage one of the most important aspects of resilience – community spirit.
“You don’t have to look any further than QFES’ 42,000 volunteers to know Queensland has a bucket load of community spirit. The people who will be knocking on your door are your local emergency services personnel and they know your area.”
“When they come knocking take the opportunity to have a chat with them about your local risks and what you can do so you and your family are prepared. We want Queensland to be prepared, resilient and robust in the face of adversity, and a connected community is a resilient community.”
“Do you know your local risks and what you need to do to prepare? Do you know your neighbours and neighbourhood contacts in case of an emergency? These are some of the conversations we want to have with Queenslanders.”