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Support for fire crews when most needed

Tyson Yates

PRAYERS are set to be answered as Hervey Bay and Maryborough fire services welcome the newest members of their crews.

Husband and wife team Major Keith and Major Lyn Cook were inducted as chaplains to local fire services on Wednesday in a ceremony led by senior Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Chaplain Rod Strong.

Keith, a pastor of 38 years, will be working from the Maryborough fire station while Lyn, a pastor of 37 years, will be working out of Hervey Bay station and together they will provide support for the crews.

Keith said the new role would see them available for religious care but also emotional needs.

"My role is being there when the firies need me for either a fire, accident or if anyone in the fire service requires my assistance as a chaplain."

Over the next few weeks Keith and Lyn will be ducking into the stations and getting to know the crews on a more personal level.

"It will take us a little while to get to know everyone," Keith said.

"We got to know the crew that was there during the induction but there are others we will eventually get to meet."

Michael Corser, Area Commander for QFES Maryborough and Hervey Bay, said chaplains had been a part of the fire service for as long as he could remember.

"This is a further support to the counselling services that are already in place throughout the organisation," he said.

"Even before they were inducted today both Lyn and Keith were visiting the stations, getting to know the staff as part of their new role.

"It's good to know that the staff have this sort of support when they might need it."

Salvation Army officers Major Lyn Cook and Major Keith Cook with senior firefighter Graham Wex at the Maryborough Station.
Salvation Army officers Major Lyn Cook and Major Keith Cook with senior firefighter Graham Wex at the Maryborough Station. Robyne Cuerel

Topics:  chaplains, emergency services, firefighters




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