Another 3 Rural Fire Brigades get access to satellite communications

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019

 
Mingela RFB covers 2,205 sq klm is located between Charters Towers and Townsville and has 35 brigade members with 24 being active firefighters. The brigade has 5 slip on units, a fire trailer and a light attack fire truck.
 
The brigade does not receive a Rural fire Levy and fundraises for the majority of its income.
 
The brigade has a fire shed that is connected to power and water.
 
Around 30% of the brigade area has poor to no communications.
 
 
Greenvale RFB covers 6.62 sq klm located just over 2 hours north west of Charters Towers on the Gregory Highway. The brigade has 7 members with 6 being active firefighters. The brigade has 1 slip on unit and a medium attack fire truck.
 
The brigade does not receive a Rural fire Levy and fundraises for the majority of its income.
 
The brigade has a fire shed that is connected to power, water and septic.
 
Around 80% of the brigade area has poor to no communications with almost no coverage out of the town.
 
 
Charters Towers RFB covers 880 sq klm which is the area surrounding Charters Towers. The brigade has 103 members with 40 active firefighters. The brigade has 6 slip ons, a light attack fire truck and a medium attack fire truck.
 
The brigade does not receive a Rural fire Levy and fundraises for the majority of its income.
 
The brigade has a fire shed that is connected to power, water and septic.
 
Around 60% of the brigade area has poor to no communications.

There is still a small quantity of Thuraya SatSleeve devices available for eligible brigades.

 
To qualify:
  • Registered QLD Brigade,
  • Receive less than $5,000 / year in levy funding,
  • Have a truck,
  • Have poor communications in your area

If that sounds like you, read more here and download an application form, fill it in (ensuring it's signed by your local RFSQ Area Director, and also includes a letter of support from your local RFSQ Area Director).

 

Funded by:

  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 

  • Olga Wilson Firefighters Trust  

  • The Cody Foundation 

  • Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland

 

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