Frontline emergency workers always do an amazing job.
As a result, it's important to recognise their work and that's exactly what Mission Australia did for Thank a First Responder Day on Wednesday, June 9.
Mission Australia's SE NSW and ACT area manager Daniel Strickland said the morning tea at the Goulburn Fire Station was a way for the community to say thank you.
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"As a community, it is very important that we come together to thank first responders and let them know how much we all appreciate them and that the work they do is valued," Mr Strickland said.
"First responders include police, paramedics, firefighters, search and rescue, SES, frontline hospital workers and surf life savers.
"These are workers who routinely put their own wellbeing at risk, be it responding to a highly infectious disease during a global pandemic, or protecting lives and communities in natural disasters such as bushfires and flooding.
"We know that police and emergency services workers are more than twice as likely to experience high or very high rates of psychological distress compared to the general population.
"The nature of the work they do exposes them to traumatic events putting them at risk of psychological injury such as PTSD.
"Often first responders are not provided with the time and resources they need to recover both mentally and physically from these stressful and dangerous situations.
"Letting first responders know that they and their work is valued and coming together as a community to celebrate their achievements is of vital importance."
Goulburn Mulwaree Council mayor Bob Kirk and Goulburn Police Station Inspector Matt Hinton also thanked the workers.
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