All emergency services want for Christmas is patience
SUNSHINE Coast authorities have urged residents and visitors to behave with patience and respect towards one another over the Christmas period.
Police, fire and ambulance service representatives have teamed with Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson to deliver a Christmas message they hope will see everyone survive the silly season.
The district's top cop, Superintendent Darryl Johnson, said local police numbers would be bolstered by officers from speciality areas such as road policing command and the dog squad.
Supt Johnson warned warned people they could expect to see police whether they were on the beach, the water, or the roads.
"Nowhere will be exempt from police activity,” he said.
Supt Johnson particularly asked locals and holidaymakers to be careful on the roads "because one death in our areas is too many.”
"We're asking people, our community on the Sunshine Coast and visitors here as well.... to be patient, be cognisant of other road users and be respectful,” he said.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said people should expect congestion on the roads and in shops and borrowed from racehorse trainer Bart Cummings to point out "the cheapest thing in racing is patience.”
"I think everyone just needs to be a little bit more patient than they are the rest of the year,” he said.
Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Michael Riordan said the Christmas-New Year period was the busiest time of year for ambulance officers backed Supt Johnson and Mr Jamieson's calls for patience.
"There's going to be more people around. There's going to be short tempers. Take your time, relax and slow down,” Mr Riordan said.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Inspector Cameron Herbert asked people to drive to the conditions and not drive on flooded roads.
But but also urged them to take care at home with Christmas candles and lights.
Insp Herbert said people should make sure their lights met Australian standards, not overload power points, and not leave candles burning unattended.
"We recommend that people do no burn candles in their house. This has caused over the years quite a substantial amount of house fires,” he said.
Insp Herbert also said given the number of recent fires and generally dry conditions, people discard of cigarettes caution lest they spark another blaze.