LandCruiser Handover to Fassio Road RFB
Monday, 14 Dec 2020
Saturday 12th December the RFBAQ handed over a LandCruiser fire truck to Fassio Road Rural Fire Brigade. In Queensland we have 1,400 RFB’s and of them less than 600 have one or more trucks.
This is the first of 8 LandCruisers that are being given to Rural Fire Brigades without a truck and all have been funded by donations.
The vehicle has been designed by volunteer firefighters in Queensland specifically for volunteer firefighters in Queensland and was manufactured by a Queensland company, Quik Corp Fire Engineering. Each LandCruiser with the suspension upgrade and fit out costs $120,000.
Fassio Road Rural Fire Brigade is a Primary Producer brigade in the Mareeba Shire. The brigade has 13 firefighters and a total of 28 members. Current equipment is 6 mop-up units and a trailer. Fassio Road RFB area incorporates the Hann Tableland National Park, which adjoins a large fruit and small cropping area to the north west of Mareeba. The Brigade is active in supporting mitigation strategies with the associated landowners. Fassio Road is also highly active in supporting Paddy's Green and Biboohra RFB's as the closest neighbours, responding to fires and contributing to planned burns.
The keys to the vehicle were handed over by the new local RFBAQ Rep, Barry Child and the long time local RFBAQ Rep who has just stood down John Thomson to the 1st Officer of Fassio Road RFB, Timothy Lovell.
At the same handover ceremony the local Rural Fire Service Inspector Neil Parker awarded Max Hubner, 1st Officer of Paddy’s Green RFB his QFES Diligent and Ethical Service medal and the National Medal.
(Max was pictured with his granddaughter Emily and Neil Parker)
Inspector Parker also used this as an opportunity to sit under a tree and ask brigade members what additional equipment they needed.
The RFBAQ are lobbying the Fire Service and Government to make fit for purpose Landcruiser fire trucks available to brigades in addition to the currently supplied Ford Ranger utes with mop up units.
Max Choveaux and Barry Child take the RFBAQ number plates off the cruiser as it is now 'on fleet'.