CAFS Heavy Attacks

“Burruluwarra” (Bushfire) handed over to Burketown RFB

Thursday, 3 Dec 2020

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.

Media queries – Justin Choveaux – 0428218507

Heavy Attacks are now 100% funded

Monday, 22 Jun 2020

The RFBAQ would like to thank all of the people and business who made tax deductible donations towards building fire trucks for Burketown and Birdsville.

Over $900,000 has been raised since we launched the campaign in mid-January this year. 
The completion of the Burketown truck is for October 2020 and the Birdsville truck in the first quarter of 2021.
The large pumps are on there way from the USA.
Each of the vehicles has local design requests incorporated to meet local needs in the remote communities.
Again we would like thank everyone who donated and this fundraising is now closed.
Below is a list of everyone who contributed towards making these communities safer and giving the local Rural Fire Brigade volunteers a well designed Queensland made fire truck:
Kylie JennerDamian GrassoJustin Choveaux
ScenicLaura MaguireViva Energy
GlobalGiving (USA)Samantha DureauYoui
MichelinPayPal Giving FundBeth Martin
Michael EnrightJanet HandysideKen Matthews
From Taiwanese PeopleStephane HallCentral Queens Elementary School (Canada)
Mr Alexander HeapMurphy Family FoundationJenny McDonald
Mrs Ghislaine ChizzoniWan-Ling ZhuangEntertainment Industry Foundation (USA)
Guy PardyPressure Drop Brewing (UK)AGM Foods
George CayfordQrailSunshine Coast Fires Charity Fundraiser
Sheldon CollegeCoastal Community Foundation (USA)David McMullen
RFBAQWynnum Manly Bridge Club IncHuan hsuan Kao
Scott Holmes - Brisbane IsuzuMr Peter Hayes Guy Pardey
Marilyn HarrisHarcourts FoundationMatt Savage - Drift Bar Pty Ltd
Mr Warren Kelly Black River & Districts Rural Fire BrigadeMr Peter HeyesStephen Hall
Queensland Volunteer Rural Fire Brigades Donations Fund  

Heavy Attack build underway – North Coast and Brisbane/South East Region LandCruisers ready next week
Monday, 8 Jun 2020

The Heavy Attack trucks for Burketown and Birdsville are now 70% funded.

The first truck to be finished will be the Burketown truck which will be delivered to the brigade in October/November, weather permitting.
100% of this truck was funded through tax deductible donations and we would sincerely like to thank the below people and organisations for making this happen.
Kylie JennerGeorge CayfordWan-Ling ZhuangCentral Queens Elementary School
ScenicDamian GrassoPressure Drop BrewingJenny McDonald
GlobalGivingLaura MaguireQrailEntertainment Industry Foundation
MichelinSamantha DureauJustin ChoveauxAGM Foods
Michael EnrightPayPal Giving FundViva EnergySunshine Coast Fires Charity Fundraiser
Mr Alexander HeapJanet HandysideYouiSheldon College
Mrs Ghislaine ChizzoniStephane HallBeth MartinScott Holmes - Brisbane Isuzu
Guy PardyMurphy Family FoundationKen MatthewsMarilyn Harris
Harcourts FoundationMr Peter Hayes Wynnum Manly Bridge Club INC Coastal Community Foundation (USA)

Burketown Brigade talk about their community and the new fire truck.

Monday, 27 Apr 2020

Burketown Rural Fire brigade are very keen to get their new heavy attack into service. With an airport, bulk fuel storage, health clinic, school, petrol station and everything else that goes into a remote community, the volunteer firefighters see this new fire truck as a platform that can meet their needs like no other RFS truck has in the past.
The design that Burketown has chosen is that of the QR 61 prototype that carries 3,000 litres of water and has the large CAFS unit. The Burketown brigade met, looked at the design, decided what their risk was and what platform best meets their needs.
Birdsville Rural Fire Brigade are also refining the design that meets their local needs and the heavy attack that is built for them will be to their specifications. This will see trucks that go to these remote communities built for individual communities.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation towards either or both trucks, please click on the link -
Watch this video, where members of Burketown RFB describe the benefits the new heavy attack will bring to their community.

2x Isuzu 4x4 trucks ordered!
Tuesday, 7 Apr 2020

Yesterday the RFBAQ ordered 2 Isuzu 139-260 4x4 trucks - 1 for Burketown RFB and 1 for Birdsville RFB.

Each truck will also come with $25,000 of extras on, such as a bullbar and central tow pin, flame retardant air filters, air conditioning in the rear of the cab, reversing cameras, high output alternator and DPD manual regeneration warning alarm trigger kit. Both trucks will be Rural Fire Yellow.
Brisbane Isuzu have been excellent to deal with and we would like to thank Scott and his crew for giving the RFBAQ an amazing price on these trucks. They will arrive in June/July and then go to QuikCorp at Kawana for construction of the backs at $308,000 each.
We would like to thank the below donors who have helped us achieve over 60% of our overall target of $925,000 inc GST:
AGM FoodsJustin ChoveauxQueensland Rail
Beth MartinKen MatthewsRFBAQ
Central Queens Elementary School (Canada)Kylie JennerSamantha Dureau
Damian GrassoLaura MaguireScenic
Entertainment Industry Foundation (USA)Matt Savage - Drift Bar Pty LtdSheldon College
George CayfordMichael EnrightStephen Hall
GlobalGiving (USA)MichelinSunshine Coast Broadcasting Trust
Guy PardyMr Alexander HeapSunshine Coast Fires Charity Fundraiser
Huan hsuan KaoMrs Ghislaine ChizzoniViva Energy
Janet HandysideMurphy Family FoundationWan-Ling Zhuang
Jenny McDonaldPressure Drop Brewing (UK)Youi

In 2 weeks; $200,000 raised for 2 trucks
Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020 

Tax deductible donations have been coming in from both business and private individuals. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Michelin Tyres Australia are two of the major corporate donors to date with Queensland Rail currently raising funds for the new Birdsville and Burketown fire trucks.
At a cost of $454,333 + gst each, the Rural Fire Heavy Attack appliance design has been developed by Rural Fire Brigades over the last 18 months and is now ready for production. 
Carrying 3,000 litres of water and capable of fighting bushfires, grass fires, and building fires; able to carry road crash rescue gear, incident control and support packs and for local aerodrome response, this four-wheel drive fire truck also has a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS).

Donate to build 2 fire trucks

Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020

Donations are tax deductible and 100% of the money raised will be used to purchase 2 Rural Fire Heavy Attack appliances.
Burketown Rural Fire Brigade and Birdsville Rural Fire Brigades are the 2 brigades identified to receive these fire trucks.
At a cost of $427,000 + gst each, the Rural Fire Heavy Attack appliance design has been developed by Rural Fire Brigades over the last 18 months and is now ready for production. 
Carrying 3,000 litres of water and capable of fighting bushfires, grass fires, and building fires; able to carry road crash rescue gear, incident control and support packs and for local aerodrome response, this four-wheel drive fire truck also has a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS). Explanatory video here.
The concept behind this design is to create a platform that will allow remote towns or settlements to meet their local community defence needs and also support the smaller brigades in the surrounding districts. Download the spec sheet here.
The trucks once delivered to the brigades will be supported by the Rural Fire Service Queensland for fuel, maintenance and training, with the local brigade retaining ownership of the vehicle and retaining any funds at the end of the trucks life span.
The names of donors will be recorded on a plaque that will be presented to the brigade to thank everyone who has supported.
A pre-release donation has already put $50,000 towards each truck.

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