Emergency staff most trusted

IPSWICH residents trust their paramedics, firefighters and rescue volunteers more than any other profession.

The three categories topped a national poll conducted by Reader's Digest.

Paramedics topped the list for the ninth-straight year, with firefighters and rescue workers finishing in second and third place respectively.

State for Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said he was pleased people continued to trust their emergency workers.

"I am also thrilled to see rescue volunteers, which include our State Emergency Service volunteers, place third in the 2012 poll," he said.

"It is no surprise professionals such as our paramedics, firefighters and SES volunteers have been labelled the keepers of public trust as they continue to be the first people Queenslanders call upon for help.

"You've only got to look back at the work these men and women carried out during Queensland's recent natural disasters to realise what an imperative role they play.

"It is an honour for them to receive the title of most trusted profession."



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