Buy Local Brigade Grants close March 2020

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2020

The RFBAQ management committee met on Friday and approved another 21 Buy Local Brigade Grants. This takes the number of brigades who have purchased equipment from local suppliers in their communities to 101.
The RFBAQ 75 x $2,000 Buy Local Brigade Grants close at the end of March 2020, so if your brigade has not yet applied then get your easy to complete single page form in with a quote from a local business.
Here is a list of what was approved on Friday-
Area Brigade Item/s funded
Burnett Booie Rise Security system
Burnett Gordonbrook 2x hand-held UHFs
Burnett South Nanango Chainsaw and accessories
Caboolture Bellthorpe Pump, blower and chainsaw
Caboolture North Stradbroke Island Marquee
Caboolture Lamb Island Chainsaw and pressure washer
Caboolture Ocean View Laptop and blower
Darling Downs Hookswood Trailer
Darling Downs The Glen Hot water system, toilet and septic
Darling Downs Bennett TV
Mackay Roper Creek 3x backpack blowers, 2x hand-held UHFs
Mackay Victoria Plains Security fence, work bench and vice
Maryborough Curra Wash / dryer
North West Oxton Downs 3x grader tyres
Rockhampton Calliungal Chainsaw and accessories
Rockhampton Archer Ulam Pressure cleaner
Rockhampton Maryvale 5x handheld UHF radios
Rockhampton Garnant 4x UHF radios, 3x lapel mics
South Coast Croftby Carneys Creek 2x backpack blowers
South Coast Roadvale Fridge and TV
West Moreton Coominya 2x backpack blowers, air compressor

In addition there were 2 standard RFBAQ Grants approved.

Turkey Beach RFB in the Gladstone RFSQ Area was approved for $3,329 to purchase an air conditioner for their training room. The brigade covering letter stated ‘Turkey Beach has the reputation of being the sandfly capital of Queensland.”  
Kunwarara RFB in the Rockhampton RFSQ Area was approved for $3,465 to purchase 6x UHF 5-watt handheld radios with microphones. In the application the brigade wrote ‘To provide radios for our brigade as we have none. Our brigade is very active and attended over 30 fires last year including Cobraball, Mt Archer and Colosseum using borrowed radios and mobile phones.’ The local RFSQ Inspector endorsed the radio grant for the brigade.

Update on the Heavy Attack for Birdsville RFB and Burketown RFB – the RFBAQ has now raised over 30% of the money needed to fully fund these 2 trucks. A huge thanks to the Murphy Foundation and Youi Insurance for your most generous donations this week and to Brisbane Isuzu for a hefty discount on the cab chassis.

Update on the 6x RFBAQ Landcruiser light attacks that are being made for brigades without trucks – the 1st cab chassis have come back from the painters and is under construction. The initial vehicle is targeted to come off the production line in early April. This will see these vehicles at both Volunteer Summits and out and about in brigade land for feedback and testing from May until September.

100 x SatSleeves allocated. All units have now been allocated - we thank everyone who applied, and trust that the issued units will be of assistance. We have already received a number of positive comments regarding the SatSleeves and their usefulness on the fire ground. This is now something that RFSQ will supply to brigades with the monthly connection fees and call costs covered by RFSQ. If your brigade would like to apply then please fill in this RFSQ Grant form by Friday 13th March.


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