Caboolture

Name: Ian Swadling AFSM
Position: Caboolture Representative and SEM Member
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Address: 1351 Neurum Road, Villeneuve Qld 4514
Mobile: 07 5496 3533
Mobile:
0439 191 946

I have been a rural fire fighter for the last 25 years. In that time I have been the Secretary for two years, after which I was elected First Officer and have held that position since then up till the present time.

Also for the last 18 years, I have been in either the Group Officer or Deputy Group Officer position. Currently, I hold the Group Officer position of the Stanley River Group.

Regarding my RFSQ qualifications, I hold FMS, FAS, Crew Leader, First Officer training and Certificate 2 in Public Safety Fire Fighting.

During my time in the Villeneuve Brigade, I have worked with the other members to establish the Brigade from having no equipment or facilities whatsoever, to one that now has a Fire Station with an Operations Room, Training Room, kitchen, four appliance engine bay with workshop and storage areas.

Before my retirement from paid employment, I was a self-employed building contractor. I have two children and one grandchild. My passion is working within the Rural Fire Brigade, supporting the community and my colleagues in the RFS. During my time in the service, I have developed and utilised the skills for participating in meetings from Brigade level to Executive Officer and meetings with Council representatives.

My aim for this position is to represent the views of all the Brigades that encompass the Caboolture District, and advance the RFSQ to the highest level possible. I will achieve this by regularly consulting and attending the various meetings held by the Groups and Brigades in the district.


Name: Don Greenhalgh AFSM
Position: Caboolture Support
Address: PO Box 60, Samford Qld 4520
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Phone: 07 3289 3792
Mobile: 0407 134 009

I have been a member of Samford Rural Fire Brigade for more than 40 years and have seen it change from a typical farmer brigade to one now serving a large rural residential area. Over the years I have held various positions including First Officer for 17 years and Fire Warden for 12 years. In 1988 I was awarded the first AFSM to be made to a Queensland Volunteer.
In 1989 I helped form the RFBAQ and was the founding Chairman. I also represented RFBAQ on the Australian Assembly of Volunteer Fire Brigades Associations (AAVFBA) now known as Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA).
I served as Presiding Officer of the Rural Fire Council from 1990 until 1993.
My wife Daphne and I travelled around Queensland in 1998 collecting oral history of the Queensland Rural Fires Board from early Inspectors and Volunteers and as a result wrote 'From Beaters to Bambi Buckets: a history of the volunteer Queensland Rural Fires Organisation 1927 to 1990 and beyond'. View Book

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