Ogmore Rural Fire Brigade now has a fire truck
Thursday, 11 Feb 2021
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Wednesday the 10th saw another brigade who didn’t have a fire truck receive one from the RFBAQ.
The brigade members celebrated the new truck with morning tea and then a barbecue cooked by local MP Stephen Andrew who also supplied the spicy Maltese sausage from Sarina.
This vehicle will allow the brigade to get to fires on the highway quicker than getting a mop up unit onto a landholder's ute; local expectation is that the response time will be 30 minutes quicker which is critical in trying to jump on a quick moving grassfire. The ability to fight grassfires from the vehicle cab with a hose and a batter spray was greatly appreciated by the local brigade members.
Livingstone Shire was well represented by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and two councillors. Superintendent Brian Smith, Inspector Chris Spenser and BTSO Nathan Jung represented RFSQ and the vehicle was handed to the brigade by the local RFBAQ Rep. Robert Lang and President Ian Pike AFSM.
To cap off a great day was the announcement that the brigade was successful in a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant application for a fire shed to put the truck in and that land has been allocated to put the shed on.
The RFBAQ-designed and built Landcruisers were designed with assistance from brigade volunteers for brigade volunteers. The Manual and Schematics are available here, or you can follow the whole story on the Landcruiser facebook page.
Ogmore Rural Fire Brigade is a brigade in the Livingstone Shire Council area. The brigade has 18 firefighters and a total of 25 members. Current equipment is 4 mop-up units and 3 trailers. The location is about 120 km north of Rockhampton and has Bruce Highway frontage of about 34 km on both sides. It includes the township of Ogmore which straddles the North Coast rail line. The posted speed limit on the Bruce Highway through the brigade area is 110 km/hr. There are frequent incidents/accidents arising as a result, often from wheel bearing failures (overheating) and collisions with straying wildlife, high speed rollovers and collisions. Currently the brigade's only means of communication is by mobile phone (sometimes patchy) and their own UHF/CB vehicle sets. Brigade members are becoming increasingly reluctant to attend highway related incidents because of safety issues surrounding their attendance. The brigade does not have one flashing light bar to their name to warn traffic of their operations in the smoke along the highway.