May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with many blessings

Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016

With 2016 coming to an end, the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland (RFBAQ) would like to wish you plenty of rain, a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

Christmas brings family and friends together. It helps us appreciate the love in our lives we often take for granted. May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with many blessings.

We hope that Christmas Day for all volunteers will be able to be spent with your family and not defending your community from fire or storm.

The RFBAQ office will be closed from Friday, 23rd December 2016 and reopening Monday, 9th January 2017.

Big Boost to Jericho RFB / SES from RFBAQ Grant

Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing ESV officially opened the Jericho RFB/SES combined training/communications room with First Officer Mik Leaney on Tuesday 29th November.

The brigade had received a number of complaints regarding the substandard facilities as they were not conducive to effective training.

"This project will enable us to give our committed volunteers the skills that they need to undertake their duties in a safe manner, to ensure they can contribute effectively and safely to what are most often life threatening situations and to provide them with 'hands-on' experience to equip them for the realities of firefighting and emergency operations".

The RFBAQ contributed $9,900 towards creating a more effective training facility for Jericho Rural Fire Brigade and SES as part of the RFBAQ grant assistance program. The Jericho community is financially struggling due to the continuing drought in Western Queensland and have very limited opportunity to fundraiser.

Jericho RFB has 19 active members, 14 support members and receives no Local Government Rural Fire Levy. Local Government assists the brigade through in kind assistance programmes.

Jericho is located 2.5 hours west of Emerald and 1 hour east of Barcaldine on the Capricorn Hwy.

The RFBAQ grant scheme is aimed at providing assistance to brigade communities to improve their level of fire safety and preparedness across the state. If your brigade is in need of financial assistance click here to visit our website for more information.

2017 RFBAQ Triennial Elections Dates Announced!

Nominations from Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) volunteers to be the voice of the brigades in their RFSQ Area is called every 3 years. Nomination forms will be posted to Brigades and Representatives by the 17th April 2017, the nominees for the District Representative needs to be a member of a registered RFB and have the following suitable qualifications:

  • Continuous period of not less than four (4) years held or be holding a position on the Management Committee (including elected/appointed positions of Fire Officer, Brigade Training Officer, Fire Warden, Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer) of a Registered RFB.
  • To be/have been active in matters affecting the welfare and efficiency of Rural Fire Brigades and their Volunteer Brigade Members at Shire or District level.
  • A demonstrated: knowledge of the operations and functions of RFBs within that RFSQ District; working knowledge of meeting procedure; ability to work positively within a committee system, which would endeavour to provide outcomes that would ensure positive benefits for Rural Fire Brigades and their Volunteer Members in the safe performance of their duties; and ability to provide commitment to the work and aims of rural fire and effective transference of information to the brigade members they have served.   

If you know a volunteer or are a volunteer who meets these criteria, the nomination forms will be provided in the new year.

Important dates are below or click here to download full election dates:

  • By 17th April 2017 - Posting Nomination forms to Brigades and RFBAQ Reps
  • By 29th May 2017 - Nomination Forms to be received by Returning Officer (6 weeks)
  • 5th June 2017 - Nominations Collated (1 week)

Click here to download Rural Fire Brigade Christmas Trading Hours picture.


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