61 Approved PPB Community Defence Grants

Monday, 10 Apr 2017

61 non truck Rural Fire Brigades are receiving letters from the RFBAQ congratulating them on their successful applications for equipment.

At the RFBAQ General Meeting held in Mackay on Saturday 25th March 2017, 62 x PPB (Primary Producer Brigades) Community Defence Grant forms were presented with 1 grant application requiring more information.

Mike Wassing, Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Volunteers, represented QFES and also supported the grants.

While the initial grant process was for 50 x $1,000 available PPB Grants, the RFBAQ and QFES have decided to increase the funding pool to meet the overwhelming demand.

Successful brigades will supply invoices from local suppliers to the RFBAQ who will make payments on behalf of RFBAQ and QFES.

As expected, there are a number of commonly requested types of equipment and the RFBAQ will be engaging with RFSQ to try and find a mechanism that will allow for brigades without bank accounts to locally access these items.

This RFBAQ initiative is the 1st phase of 3 in the "Year of the PPB."

Keep an eye out for the times and dates of Phase 2.
 

Primary Producer Brigade (PPB)
Community Defence Successful Grants
 
No. Brigade Area  Amount  Primary reason for grant funding
1 Cattle Creek Barcaldine  $   1,000.00 3 x UHF handheld radios.
2 Champion Barcaldine  $      917.90 2 x UHF handheld radios and 2x UHF travel pack.
3 Dunraven Barcaldine  $   1,000.00 UHF radio plug n play for John Deer Tractor and edge cutters.
4 East Darr Barcaldine  $      999.00 Blower.
5 Grant Barcaldine  $      979.20 Fence pliers, fuel cans, torches, water coolers and head lamps.
6 Greendale Barcaldine  $      919.80 4 x Waterproof UHF handheld radios.
7 Neleh Barcaldine  $      969.00 Chainsaw.
8 Pelican Creek Barcaldine  $      917.90 2 x Waterproof UHF handheld radios and 2 x travel packs.
9 Potosi Barcaldine  $      624.00 Fence pliers, toolboxes, fuel cans, torch hardcases LED, head lamps, cooler jugs and 3 x UHF shoulder harnesses.
10 Valleta Barcaldine  $      873.15 Equipment to convert the trailer to a fire trailer.
11 Abercorn Burnett  $      995.00 Chainsaw.
12 Fassio Road Cairns Peninsula  $      999.00 Mister SR450 petrol blower.
13 Karma Waters Cairns Peninsula  $      850.61 Cutting edge.
14 Musgrave Cairns Peninsula  $      999.00 Mister SR450 petrol blower.
15 Springmount District Cairns Peninsula  $   1,000.00 Chainsaw, water coolers and headlamp.
16 Killaloe Cairns Peninsula  $      998.00 Chainsaw and pro protective chaps.
17 Paddy's Green Cairns Peninsula  $      949.00 Petrol blower.
18 Pine Creek Cairns Peninsula  $   1,000.00 Watertank and second hand trailer.
19 Saltwater Creek Cairns Peninsula  $   1,000.00 Rehabilitate fire trailer.
20 Wrights Creek Cairns Peninsula  $   1,000.00 Sitrex 5 wheel spinner rakes.
21 Bafles Creek Charters Towers  $   1,000.00 Chainsaw, Husqvarna carry case and filing kit.
22 Barabon Charters Towers  $   1,000.00 10 x Grader blades.
23 Bundoran Charters Towers  $   1,000.00 10 x Grader blades.
24 Clio Charters Towers  $   1,000.00 10 x Grader blades.
25 Mount Cooper Charters Towers  $   1,000.00 Set (10) grader cutting edges for graders.
26 McKinlay No 1 Cloncurry  $   1,000.00 Defribrillator.
27 Ouchy Cloncurry  $   1,000.00 Grader blades.
28 Bauhinia Emerald  $      824.95 Chainsaw.
29 Buckland Emerald  $      726.00 Water container, 5 x UHF pouches and 3 x radio battery charges.
30 Claude River Emerald  $      972.38 6 x 10" Pliers, torches and water container.
31 Meteor Creek Emerald  $      969.00 Chainsaw.
32 Moodewarra Emerald  $      969.00 Chainsaw.
33 Mount Macarthur Emerald  $      999.00 Blower.
34 Omega Emerald  $      969.00 Chainsaw.
35 Oombabeer Emerald  $   1,000.00 Fencing pliers, torches, radio pouches and water container.
36 Theresa Creek Emerald  $      969.00 Chainsaw.
37 Banana No 2 Gladstone  $      957.50 Chainsaw and knapsack.
38 Banana No 3 Gladstone  $      999.00 Chainsaw, case and file kit.
39 Facing Island Gladstone  $      998.00 1 x MS211 Stihl chainsaw and 1 x Stihl blower.
40 Glenhaughton Gladstone  $   1,000.00 3 x UHF handheld radios.
41 Orange Creek Gladstone  $   1,000.00 4 x UHF handheld radios.
42 Valentine Plains Gladstone  $   1,000.00 4 x Uniden 5 watt hand held UHF radios.
43 Pin Gin Hill Innisfail  $      927.60 2 x Helmets, chaps and gloves.
44 Cotherstone Mackay  $      845.77 1 x UHF, antenna and cables for vehicle.
45 Junee Mackay  $      969.00 2 x UHF handheld radios and 2 x pair chaps.
46 Roper Creek Mackay  $      969.00 2 x Chainsaw chaps and 2 x UHF handheld radios.
47 Boonimba Maryborough  $   1,000.00 VHF handheld radio kit.
48 Dalma Rockhampton  $   1,000.00 Replace gutter on brigade building.
49 Jardine Rockhampton  $   1,000.00 Trailer maintenance.
50 Morinish Rockhampton  $   1,000.00 1,750Gal water tank.
51 Augathella Roma  $      899.00 1 x Stihl BR700 backpack-sytle blowers.
52 Bindle Roma  $      885.55 Chainsaw, safety helmet and earmuffs.
53 Bymount  Roma  $      985.00 Blower.
54 Eumamurrin Roma  $      999.00 1 x Stihl BR700 backpack-style blower.
55 Mangarella Roma  $      798.00 2 x UHF handheld radios.
56 Nindigully Roma  $      797.50 Honda pump and 2 x UHF handheld radios.
57 Hookswood Toowoomba  $   1,000.00 Pump and accessories.
58 Mount Myrtle Toowoomba  $   1,000.00 Storage cabinet.
59 Oman Ama Toowoomba  $   1,000.00 Portable toilet.
60 Upper Pilton Toowoomba  $   1,000.00 4 x UHF radios twin pack.
61 Osborne Townsville  $      998.00 2 x UHF handheld radios.


History Behind Grant

It was often thought that PPB's do not need more equipment above slip-on-units and basic Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) as they are landholders who meet their local needs and should be left alone unless they ring in.

However, through our 100 x RFBAQ/Rexel Safety Equipment Grant given out earlier in 2016, it was found that many PPBs want to try and improve their community defence model.

After speaking with Primary Producer Brigade members at Toowoomba Farmfest in June and Ag-Grow in Emerald in July it was found that grants tailored to their needs would greatly benefit PPB brigades.

This RFBAQ initiative is supported by QFES/RFSQ and is the first grant scheme of its type.

The RFBAQ would like for the quotes to come from local businesses so that the grant money can be spent locally and after sales service is supplied from the local community.

An example of sought after equipment that interviewed PPB members raised were:

  •     3 x PPB brigades combining applications and applying to buy a shipping container to securely store brigade equipment.
  •     Chainsaw and appropriate PPE
  •     Portable UHF radios for use on the fire ground
  •     Grader cutting edges
  •     Water coolers to be used on the fire ground

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