The Queensland funding from South32 is an amazingly generous $100,000
Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019
The Queensland funding from South32 is an amazingly generous $100,000 that will be supplemented by $50,000 from The RFBAQ and $50,000 from RFSQ.
The $200,000 will be used to purchase 200 tablets that will be loaded with a soon to be released fire service mapping tool.
The ongoing monthly subscription fee will be met by the RFSQ so no ongoing financial burden would be extended to the brigade.
Mapping tools are of great benefit to brigades at bushfires as it will allow the brigade to understand the topography, access roads and to be able to communicate the size and position of the fire to incident control and in a real-time way share information with the aerial fire bombing assets. In cyclone season this will allow the brigades to share the rapid damage windscreen assessments.
Brigade eligibility would be those brigades with fire trucks (about 750 truck brigades in QLD), and from the least financial brigades up, with wealthier brigades being able to purchase the devices at the agreed reduced rate.
The RFBAQ would again like to sincerely thank South32 for moving quickly to get this needed equipment to the frontline Rural Fire Brigades who are ceaselessly defending communities from bushfire.
In the wake of recent devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland, we have pledged $500,000 to help support the NSW Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland Inc.
The donation will help regional brigades purchase equipment to assist with firefighting and mitigation, firefighter health and safety, and fire service mapping tools.
Our Chief Executive Officer, Graham Kerr said the loss of life and property was tragic.
“Our thoughts are with those impacted by the recent bushfires and our gratitude goes to the emergency services workers,’’ Mr Kerr said.
"We need to work together in times of crisis to rebuild and support those affected.’’
“The courage and dedication of volunteers to protect their communities is extraordinary. Our donations will support the resourcing of both current and future operations for these vital organisations.”
South32 will match employee contributions to a number of supporting organisations.