Light Attack Prototype

6 x  Toyota Light Attacks for Brigades that do not have a fire truck.

100% funded by ticket sales in the RFBAQ Art Union and donations to the RFBAQ.

Applications close 1st September 2020

Applications assessed and brigades notified RFBAQ General Meeting mid-September 2020.

Applications need to be in the form of a business plan developed by the brigade in conjunction with your local RFSQ Inspector and RFBAQ Elected Representative (your local RFSQ Inspector has the template.)

Vehicle will be the property of the Rural Fire Brigade and when disposed of in 20 years will be at the discretion of the brigade with funds retained by the brigade. (this is due to there being no government or QFES money in the vehicle build)

Vehicle will be on fleet, fueled and insured by QFES once gifted to brigade.

Any questions  - please call 0428 218 507.


Background and resolution of the RFBAQ State Executive September 2019.

‘The RFBAQ produce 6 fit for task light attack vehicle built on a Landcruiser chassis. That these RFBAQ prototype be showcased to brigades for ideas and feedback and that after display at the 2020 LGAQ Annual Conference, the vehicles be given as a grant to brigades that does not currently have vehicles and are in great need of a robust light attack.’


Background

Problem - There is no purpose-built light attack for Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland.

Outcome – Brigades can choose from a Ford Ranger space cab with mop up unit or Toyota Landcruiser purpose built light attacks.

Problem - The QFES will not grow the rural fire fleet into brigades that do not currently have a fire truck.

Outcome - Focus the conversation onto communities that have a need for a fire truck to be able to better defend themselves; provide 6 communities with a fire truck.

Problem - The consultation process regarding prototype vehicle design is not transparent in its feedback.

Outcome – Create and demonstrate a best practice vehicle design consultation process that engages with brigades in the field and has an open and transparent feedback and design improvement process while providing education to brigades on what is possible and feasible.

Problem – QFES acknowledgment of brigade owned vehicle status and the disposal of vehicles and retention of the funds by the brigade owners.

Outcome – As agreed in legal status with QFES, brigade owned equipment is equipment that does not have $1 of State Money. This includes equipment provided by the RFBAQ. At the end of 20 years the brigade will be able to dispose of the asset and use the funds towards another brigade activity.

Problem – QFES fire trucks are disposed of by PSBA and the RFBAQ has received complaints that the local fire trucks are not staying in the local area.

Outcome – Brigade can dispose of vehicle into local community to increase the amount of firefighting equipment in the community.

Problem – Lack of desire to spend the money to grow the fleet or vary the type of vehicle produced outside of existing designs.

Outcome – Collate list of brigades without any fire trucks and have a need of a vehicle for community defence. Collate types of vehicles identified and work with RFSQ to meet identified need.

Problem – Sections within QFES regarding vehicle design ignore the Brigades, the RFBAQ and RFSQ Paid Staff and go slow on other matters they are directed to undertake.

Outcome – Go around the blockage by owning process in conjunction with the Brigades, the RFBAQ and RFSQ Paid Staff.

 

Proposal

Proposition is to build 6 Light Attack Prototypes on a Landcruiser Chassis.

Each prototype will be assigned to a region, with SER and Brisbane Region sharing 1 prototype.

The feedback/engagement phase concludes at the 2020 RFBAQ AGM in mid-September.

5 prototypes will be distributed; 1 per region to brigades that do not currently have a fire appliance yet and have a demonstrated community defence need.

The 6th prototype will be held to go to the LGAQ Annual Conference in mid-October, and until the conclusion of the State Election where it will be granted to the worthiest brigade who applied in the initial 5 prototype round.

 

Production Timeline

Production deadline for the 1st vehicle will be March 2020 with the other 5 vehicles to follow within the month.

May – August – Regional testing and brigade feedback

1st September – close of Grant Applications from Brigades that do not have a fire truck

RFBAQ AGM – distribution of 5 trucks



Engagement Circuit

  • 2 volunteer summits -April/May 2020
  • LGAQ – Mid October 2020
  • RFBAQ AGM – Mid September 2020
  • State Election – Saturday, 31 October 2020
  • RFBAQ Election – March - September
  • Local Gvt Election - Saturday, 28 March 2020



Inclusions

Trucks will have:

  • RFBAQ Rego
  • RFBAQ Insurance
  • RFBAQ Fuel card
  • RFBAQ Decals
  • Thuraya SatSleeve Hotspot

When the trucks are handed over to brigades the Rego, Insurance, Fuel Card and Decals will be removed in favour of RFSQ signage, fuel cards and insurance.

 

Recommendation 77:  That vehicles are fit for the purpose and the Brigade locality for which they are intended.  A group of two volunteers, in conjunction with the Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland, should be charged with reviewing current models and providing recommendations on vehicle suitability.

During the consultation phase the Review Team encountered many stories from volunteers about the unsuitability of vehicles for local operations. Some of these examples bordered on the ridiculous. Indeed at the meeting held with volunteers at Ripley Valley one Brigade truck turned up with parts of its plastic bumper melted having come too close to fire.

Complaints regarding the appliances being constructed for Brigades include that many of the new trucks are too big, requiring a heavy vehicle license to drive them and that they lack the four-wheel drive capability of smaller vehicles which had previously been available.

Many believe the trucks currently being built have sacrificed off-road and fire fighting capacity for water carrying and crew seating. In other words they are not practical for the purposes of rural brigades, which often fight fire with fire in the bush. Volunteers also saw the many gadgets now appearing on today’s vehicles as being unnecessary for their purpose.

The decision on the type of vehicle required for an area should come from the volunteers in close consultation with the District. Certainly the type of vehicle required for Izone Brigade requirements is going to be different to that of Village brigades responding to vegetation fires but the volunteers should have input into this.


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