Emergency service workers and other first responders were recognised for their tireless efforts and commitment to community at events across the country on Wednesday.

Thank a First Responder Day is coordinated by Fortem Australia – a non-profit supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all first responder families.

“Our first responders have been through a lot in the last three years – today is a chance for us all to stop and thank first responders and their families for what they do,” John Bale, Managing Director and co-founder of Fortem Australia said.

Volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team (RRT) provided catering support at five events in Gold Coast, Newcastle, Parramatta, Canberra and Melbourne.

“Our emergency service workers and other first responders do such an incredible job but continued to go above and beyond in the face of some incredible challenges the last few years,” Ken Earl, RRT Australia General Manager said.

“These events are just one way for us to show our gratitude to those who keep us safe.”

Ken Earl, General Manager from the Rapid Relief Team said National Thank a First Responder Day was a small way for the community to acknowledge the work first responders did in the community.

“Our Rapid Relief Team volunteers are regular witnesses to the incredible service of our first responders,” Ken said.

“They have demonstrated the best of the Australian spirit throughout the pandemic, in the face of floods, bushfire and drought – and are always so incredibly selfless in the work they do.

“Rarely do we get the chance to say thank you, so, while only small, we hope it went a little way to show our appreciation, to the more than 300,000 first responders out there.

“They respond in the most difficult of situations and help others when they can’t help themselves.”

RRT served hundreds of burgers and hot barista-made coffees.

The Rapid Relief Team is made up of volunteers from the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church – their catering support included hot meals, refreshments, and barista coffee.

Thank a First Responder Day is held on the second Wednesday in June each year. You can visit: www.firstresponderday.com.au to leave a message to thank them.