New $500,000 fire truck given to Birdsville; made in Queensland and 100% funded by donations
Friday, 4 Jun 2021
New $500,000 fire truck given to Birdsville; made in Queensland and 100% funded by donations.
The second of two "town" heavy attack fire trucks was handed over from the RFBAQ to the Birdsville Rural Fire Brigade on Tuesday, 1st of June.
The RFBAQ commenced fundraising for two heavy attack fire trucks in January 2020 and the $900,000 goal was reached in less than 6 months. With donations coming in from all over the world the Birdsville heavy has a plaque with the names of every person or organisation who made a donation, 100% of which went into the construction of these trucks.
The vehicle is the property of Birdsville Rural Fire Brigade. QFES and the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) have supported the project from its inception and have supplied the truck's light bars, radios, stowage and the road crash rescue gear valued at $50,000. The RFSQ will also be supplying the fuel, maintenance and insurance on the fire truck which is an enormous support for the Birdsville Brigade.
This truck replaces the existing Canter that will be rejuvenated for another brigade.
Built by Quik Corp on the Sunshine Coast, the heavy attack carries a crew of 6 firefighters, 2,700 litres of water, has the latest battery-operated cutting gear and a compressed air foam system (CAFS) and pump set manufactured in the USA.
This platform will allow the Rural Fire Brigade to meet their local needs, which include an aerodrome and bulk aviation fuel store, as the nearest help is hours away. To help support these many requirements, the vehicle is also fitted with a large roll out awning attached to the vehicle and also a marquee that can be used to provide shelter at prolonged incidents.
The RFBAQ is very proud to have been able to help this remote community meet their needs with the best equipment that can be sourced and we again would like to thank each and every donor and also Brisbane Isuzu and Quik Corp Fire Engineering for not just being great suppliers but for getting behind the dream.