Today the SEM met and approved close to $30,000 in grants for brigades across Queensland.
Greendale RFB in the Barcaldine area was approved for $2,000 for the purchase of an emergency response tool kit. The RFSQ Area Director notes that the very active brigade will benefit from the lightweight equipment on the fireground, providing a safe working environment. Greendale RFB is a Primary Producer Brigade with 37 members servicing 1,915sqkm in the Blackall Tambo Regional Council area. The RFBAQ has previously funded UHF radios and a Rexel safety equipment grant for the brigade.
Westowe RFB in the Gladstone area was approved for $9,390 for the purchase of water tanks. The brigade is constructing a new shed and these tanks will be used for vehicle filling. The RFSQ Area Director notes that "water tanks will be a vital asset to the Brigade as the area does not have Council supplied water and the Brigade relies on rainwater". Westowe RFB is a Rural Brigade with 37 members servicing 220sqkm in the Gladstone Regional Council area (which the AD notes takes in the township of Yarwun). This is the first RFBAQ grant the brigade has received.
Murray Upper RFB in the Innisfail area was approved for $10,000 to assist with the fit-out of their new fire shed. The RFSQ Area Director notes the brigade is very active supporting it's local community and assisting neighbouring brigades. The funding will assist to provide power to the brigade's newly built rural fire station. Murray Upper RFB is a Rural Brigade with 25 members servicing 36 sqkm in the Cassowary Coast Regional Council area. The RFBAQ has previously funded a chainsaw and accessories for the brigade.
Facing Island RFB in the Gladstone area was approved for $4,518 to fund a tool kit for their fire truck, a water tank for a reserve supply, and solar panels for their fire station. The RFSQ Area Director notes that the funding will "greatly assist the Brigade in addressing the challenges of water transport and supply, and powering the Station, on the Island". Facing Island RFB is a Village Brigade with 36 members servicing 13 sqkm in the Gladstone Regional Council area (which the AD notes includes the Gatcombe Community). The RFBAQ has previously funded a chainsaw and blower, and a Rexel safety equipment grant for the brigade.
Winfield RFB in the Bundaberg area was approved for $3,891.80 for the purchase of a power reel (subject to the Rural Fire Service providing one). The Brigade also requested funding for a security system, however the Rural Fire Service has agreed to pay for this. The RFSQ Area Director notes that “the addition of an electric reel…would help reduce fatigue to members on the fireground and provide a quick and easy method to rewind the hose. The under-reel drawer would provide for better storage of existing branches and couplings”. Winfield RFB is an iZone brigade with 19 members servicing 166sqkm in the Bundaberg Regional Council area. The RFBAQ have previously provided funding for a mop-up unit, slip-on and base station.
Congratulations to these brigades! Next week all successful brigades will be posted a pack outlining what happens next.
This week we also funded a Hardship Grant in the South West Region for $2,000.