NEXT time you see a bright yellow truck, give them a wave.
The volunteers of the rural fire service put in hours of their own time to protect the region, very often without any recognition for their hard work.
Woodlea Rural Fire Brigade first officer Jesse Russell said their brigade had responded to 63 fire calls in the last three months.
"Those calls range from grass fires to motor vehicle accidents," he said.
"With the rural fire service now, we are all hazard agencies, the only thing we don't respond to is automatic alarms and hazardous materials.
"I want to thank everybody. Thanks for the tough year, and thanking of course the other volunteers in the Lockyer Valley, our urban and volunteer firefighters."
Officer Russell said they were always seeking more volunteers, especially during the day.
"There is no requirement for volunteering, if it is for a few hours a day or a couple days a week, it doesn't matter to us, any time is valuable," he said.
He said the public could also do their bit to help the firefighter.
"We are still in bushfire season, as well as storm season, so just making sure houses are clear of debris and making sure a truck can fit safely down their driveway and get to their house safely to defend homes if needed," he said.
There are 16 rural fire brigades in the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area, Woodlea is the third largest.
Anyone interested in joining can phone Jesse Russell on 0417 320 505.
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