The first of two "town" heavy attack fire trucks was handed over to the Burketown Rural Fire Brigade on Tuesday the 1st of December.
At a ceremony officiated by Murrandoo Yanner from the Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and attended by almost everyone in town, the keys to the fire truck were handed over to 1st Officer Dave Marshall by Ian Pike AFSM, President of the RFBAQ.
The RFBAQ commenced fundraising for two heavy attack fire trucks in January this year and the $900,000 goal was reached in less than 6 months. With donations coming in from all over the world “Burruluwarra” 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 Burketown Rural Fire Brigade and QFES and the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) have supported the project from its inception and have supplied the trucks' 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 Burketown 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. An example of this is at a recent vehicle accident the brigade was onsite for over 30 hours. 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.
Regional Manager Hazell stated that capability of the new Heavy Attack appliance would greatly enhance the ability of the brigade and SES to deliver emergency service capability to the Burketown Community. Burruluwarra is a testament to what can happen when everyone supports a great project which benefits community.
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 into the dream.
The new Birdsville heavy attack is due to be completed in April 2021.
The RFBAQ are currently raising funds to build a LandCruiser light attack fire truck for Kunwarara Rural Fire Brigade, which is in the Livingstone Shire Council Area. The brigade has 8 firefighters and a total of 20 members. Current equipment is 3 mop-up units and 2 trailers.
Kunwarara currently responds to all fire calls using privately paid and maintained 4x4 vehicles with slip-ons. Some of the major fires in the area have all been responded to using these vehicles, however they are finding it increasingly harder due to availability and capability.
Private vehicles are not equipped with crew protection devices, nor do they have emergency lighting that is safe to use in all occasions along a busy highway. Current maintenance costs for these vehicles is being covered by the limited funding the brigade has, and most of the time individual members are fuelling up pumps and the vehicles at their own expense.
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