PPB Place Based Purchasing Trial Closes

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019

The RFBAQ and RFSQ commenced a place based purchasing trial for Primary Producer Brigades in the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council (BTRC) Area in 2018 .
This trial has now been completed with Mayor Andrew Martin putting an application in at the RFBAQ stall during the LGAQ Annual Conference.
Signed off by the BTRC Mayor and RFSQ acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Johnstone, the grant application will see almost $20,000 spent with a local supplier in Blackall for the benefit of local brigades and the communities they defend.
BTRC has installed 6 repeater towers and has upgraded radio equipment which has resulted in 100% radio coverage across the shire.
BTRC is now divided into 7 radio zones with designated duplex repeaters funded through a Works for Queensland, State Government Grant of $240,000.
This now allows for the Mayor and the Local Disaster Management Group to be able to connect with the whole shire in times of emergency; as demonstrated recently when a council truck rolled over and the worker was able to call for help.
Police and Ambulance are already on the network and this grant will see brigades also brought into the network through 14 UHF base stations, antennas and wiring and 55 hand held UHF radios.
This is a great leap forward for everyone in the BTRC and has now led to Murweh Shire Council and the Barcaldine Regional Council considering working towards 100% UHF radio coverage.
This PPB Place Based Purchasing Trial led the RFBAQ to commence the RFBAQ Buy Local Brigade Grants which are open now.

75 x $2000 Buy Local Brigade Grants 

  • Open to all Queensland brigades
  • Equipment will be purchased by RFBAQ from local suppliers
  • For items not already supplied by the Rural Fire Service
  • One application per brigade
100% funded by donations and ticket sales.

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