A group of southeast Queensland SES volunteers are beside themselves after “low lives” flung mud at their rescue vehicle.
Logan City SES posted a photo on Facebook of one its utes on Sunday with mud caked onto the driver’s side door while parked at the Loganlea boat ramp.
“It’s unfortunate that this is the thanks Logan City SES members receive from some members of the public,” it wrote.
“It’s incredibly sad to know that they think creating even more work for our volunteers is a laughing matter.”
“To this person, your five-minute mud slinging just added more time to our cleanup… Time away from our loved ones. So, thank you.”
People on Facebook were furious with the SES workers’ treatment by the “lowlives” who threw mud.
“Geez, there really are some fools around,” one man wrote.
Another man added he was “very disappointed to see no respect” for the state’s “frontline volunteers”.
“Sorry you had some brainless person do this to your truck,” another man wrote.
Other people threw their support behind the SES and some offered to clean the truck.
“Don't lose heart SES, you are valued and respected by many. Thanks for all you do,” one woman wrote.
Wayne Hepple, State Emergency Services (SES) regional manager, South Eastern Region said volunteers are “an integral part” of the emergency services in Queensland and are “well-respected”.
“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) understands that it was likely the SES vehicle was left covered in mud after another vehicle drove through mud nearby, causing it to spray over the vehicle,” he said.
“QFES believes it was an isolated incident. SES volunteers were conducting training at the time.”
“Since the start of February, South Eastern Region SES crews have responded to approximately 820 requests for assistance. The majority of these requests were for tarping leaking roofs and to provide sandbags, following heavy rainfall across the region.”
Logan SES volunteers kept ‘very busy’
SES volunteers Queensland have been kept busy over the past week due to flooding and heavy rain throughout the southern parts of the state.
Logan City was battered 59.6mm of rain on Thursday and 75.8mm on Friday. The city also received 43.2 last Monday.
Severe storm warnings were in place for areas between Brisbane to the Gold Coast, which included Logan on Thursday with most beaches along the southeast coast closed too.
More than 160 calls for assistance were made on the Sunshine Coast, the ABC reported.
Logan City SES also spent a “very busy” Saturday fixing roofs and “madly sandbagging” homes.
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