AJEM | Australian Journal of Emergency Management

'Volunteering is a great Australian tradition. About 6 million of us volunteer every year – on our beaches, along fire fronts and helping in our communities. I have found participating in the Rural Fire Service and the surf lifesaving movement a very satisfying way to give back to our community.

'We don’t have to look very far to find examples of volunteers helping to make our country more resilient.'

The Hon Tony Abbott MP
 Prime Minister of Australia