New equipment to assist rural volunteer fireys
DARLING DOWNS Rural Fire Service volunteers will be better prepared to fight fires after receiving new equipment from Energy Queensland.
$75,000 worth of new equipment has been provided to support firefighters in both Stanthorpe and Canungra.
Canungra brigades will receive a new cab chassis and communication equipment, while 13 Stanthorpe rural fire brigades will receive laptops and printers to assist with communication and community engagement.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford said Energy Queensland saw the impact of the September fires and wanted to help out where they could.
“This new equipment will continue to ensure our volunteers are better equipped to respond to bushfires and able to educate and help their local communities be prepared,” Mr Crawford said.
Stanthorpe Group Officer, Pedro Curr said the new equipment would be a handy asset in the rural brigades.
“This will make a big difference.
“It will help our secretary, treasurers, all of the different information we can get, printing maps, that sort of stuff.
“This is the first time anything like this has been done, so it’s brilliant,” Mr Curr said.
The hope is for Rural Fire Brigades to now be better prepared as we head into an extremely warm summer.
“This year, Queensland has experienced one of the worst bushfire season on record,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner John Bolger said.
“I am always impressed by our volunteer firefighters’ commitment to protecting their communities.
“Throughout these challenging times, our volunteer firefighters have rallied together and proven their resilience, passion and dedication to protecting their fellow Queenslanders.”