Truck Brigade Communication Grants signed off by Deputy Commissioner Wassing and RFBAQ President Ian Pike

Thursday, 9 May 2019

63 satellite hotspots were approved for distribution to brigades that applied for the grant and met the criteria of having a fire truck and a levy income of less than $5,000 per year.
This will allow these brigades to be less reliant on patchy or non-existent mobile phone or uhf/vhf radio coverage. In addition, in times of natural disaster, these brigades will be less reliant on hard infrastructure such as radio repeaters and power driven mobile phone towers to be able to communicate the local situation in their communities.
Successful brigades will be contacted by the RFBAQ over the coming week outlining the process of how they will receive the device and the setup support offered by the supplier Pivotel and the terms and conditions of using a QFES owned device from RFSQ.
The balance of satellite hotspots will be held by the RFSQ in Kedron and will be available for application by brigades that meet the criteria of having a fire truck and a levy income of less than $5,000 per year. 
In Addition, when new fire trucks are delivered to brigades in this category, they will come with a satellite hotspot.
This special grant process was made possible by the generous donations from The Cody Foundation, The Olga Wilson Firefighter Trust and QFES contributing $25,000 each along side the RFBAQ $25,000 funding.
By the ability to bulk purchase the satellite hotspots and by the fantastic discount offered by Pivotel in supporting brigades a $16,000 saving has been achieved. This $16,000 saving will be allocated to the Olga Wilson Firefighter Trust so that it can be used to support all firefighters, full time, part time or volunteer.
The RFBAQ would sincerely like to thank again The Cody Foundation, The Olga Wilson Firefighter Trust for supporting this initiative and The QFES, RFSQ and Mike Wassing for understanding the correlation between brigades with little income and poor communications. These satellite hotspots will have the monthly connection fee and call costs paid for by the QFES.
The devices will support over 2,500 rural fire volunteers covering almost 70,000 sqkm of Queensland.
Successful brigades are:
Brigade Shire Area Does the Brigade have a shed? Area Size (sqkm) Total Members
Gregory River Bundaberg Bundaberg Yes 85 11
Goodwood Bundaberg Bundaberg Yes 123 25
Gaeta Bundaberg Bundaberg Yes 39.95 36
Kunioon Hodgeleigh South Burnett Burnett No 93.4 40
North Stradbroke Island Redland City Caboolture Yes 111.39 58
Hodzic Road Mareeba Cairns No 131.54 36
Little Mulgrave Cairns Cairns Yes 21 76
Rossville Cook Cairns Yes 208.5 51
Poison Creek Cook Cairns Yes 65 58
Paddys Green Mareeba Cairns  No 485 33
Ravenswood Charters Towers Charters Towers Yes 11 22
Mount Isa Mount Isa Charters Towers Yes 1938 63
Hampton Toowoomba Darling Downs Yes 46 32
Bennett Western Downs Darling Downs Yes 492 30
Karara Southern Downs Darling Downs Yes 690 38
Kowguran Western Downs Darling Downs No 296 15
Mallow Southern Downs Darling Downs No 750 55
Bluff Town Central Highlands Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 580 26
Willows Central Highlands Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 0.4 16
Iona Central Highlands Emerald / Barcaldine No 1500 51
Windorah Barcoo Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 29226.97 34
Gemfields Central Highlands Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 110.99 32
Jundah Barcoo Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 49.3 20
Yaraka Longreach Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 3640.51 13
Isisford Longreach Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 213.36 29
Comet Central Highlands Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 1460 30
Ilfracombe Longreach Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 37.92 43
Jericho Barcaldine Emerald / Barcaldine Yes 84.97 36
Curtis Island Gladstone Gladstone Yes 580 62
Watsonville Mareeba Innisfail No 130 40
Croydon Croydon Innisfail Yes 40 31
Lower Silver Valley Tablelands Innisfail Yes 115.72 26
Netherdale Mackay Mackay No 27.12 39
Finch Hatton Mackay Mackay Yes 93.07 53
Cliftonville Mackay Mackay No 56.14 28
Grasstree Mackay Mackay Yes 27.14 16
Mt Ossa Mackay Mackay No 175 80
Cannon Valley Whitsunday Mackay No 53.97 70
Gargett Mackay Mackay Yes 116.56 61
Yabba Creek Gympie Maryborough Yes 160 10
Eurong Fraser Coast Maryborough Yes 2.6 43
Booubyjan Boonara Gympie Maryborough Yes 473.13 48
Brooweena District Fraser Coast Maryborough Yes 810.04 81
Boonimba Gympie Maryborough No 243.96 58
Barambah Gympie Maryborough Yes 409.42 27
Dunmora Fraser Coast Maryborough Yes 111.15 33
Tinnanbar Fraser Coast Maryborough Yes 10 37
Maryvale Livingstone Rockhampton Yes 93 56
Bajool Rockhampton Rockhampton Yes 231.826 24
Archer Ulam Rockhampton Rockhampton Yes 155.56 35
Westwood Rockhampton Rockhampton Yes 1600 49
Yowah Opal Fields Paroo Roma Yes 1.92 24
Hebel Balonne Roma Yes 1,465 16
Amby Town Maranoa Roma Yes 4.55 16
Wallumbilla Maranoa Roma Yes 845.25 46
Mungallala Maranoa Roma Yes 1966 35
Eulo Paroo Roma Yes 5010.85 41
Thargomindah Town Bulloo Roma Yes 30 17
Charleville Murweh Roma Yes 578 49
Mount Fox Hinchinbrook Townsville Yes 1833.95 35
Stone River Hinchinbrook Townsville Yes 376 50
Bowen River Whitsunday Townsville No 8339.39 16
Seymour Hinchinbrook Townsville Yes 60 23

Don't forget out our recently announced 75 x $2,000 Buy Local Brigade Grants!

Round 1 opens in June - visit our deticated page now for more information and to download an application form.

We still do ongoing grants for all sorts of things as well!

We have recently approved grants for a marquee, portable water tank, backpack blowers, 20ft shipping container, and contributed towards the funeral of a very long serving brigade member who passed away earlier this year.

You can find out more information by clicking here, and also read about past grants by clicking here (note that recently approved grants that have not been paid in full will not appear on this list).


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