Monday 6 September 2010
RFBAQ Annual General Meeting and State Conference in Townsville 3, 4, 5 Sept 2010
Last weekend saw the elected Representatives of the RFBAQ meet in Townsville for their Annual General Meeting and State Conference, with the conference officially opened by Cr. Trevor Roberts of the Townsville City Council. Cr Roberts acknowledged and delivered high praise on the Rural Fire Brigade Volunteers for their skills and 24/7 commitment in providing a safer Queensland.
Volunteers from Townsville brigades attended the conference held on Saturday and were able to hear speakers such as Jim O’Brien the Director of Marketing and Communications from James Cook University, speak about how Volunteers can deal effectively with the media.
Jim Besgrove, 1st Officer of Rangewood RFB, spoke about the agreement that his brigade has with the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment and how his brigade has financed their heavy attack vehicle, which carries over 6,000 litres of water and is used as an area support appliance.
Paul Cauchi from Toobanna RFB, provided a history from his experiences of fire fighting and cane burning in the Ingham area, and of the changing face of rural fire brigades from self help to a community support services.
In addition to these speakers, Supt. Ken Beasley, Northern Region Manager; Insp. Gavin Fryer, Charters Towers / Cloncurry Area Director and Insp. Tony Hazel, Townsville Area Director also spoke about the direction that they and Rural Operations are undertaking to support Volunteers in their region.
CEO Dick Irwin, President Max Rogers, D-CEO Justin Choveaux and Director of Marketing Suzanne Pollock, provided reports and presentations during the day, highlighting the progress that the Association has made in the last 12 months, including the planning, projects and direction the Association will be taking over the next year.
A large number of brigades from the Townsville Area were represented on Saturday, and all RFBAQ Representatives would like to extend their thanks to the Volunteers for their participation and support.
The next General Meeting and Conference of the Association, will be held in the Brisbane Region on Saturday 19th March 2011, with a venue to be decided. Tony Marks RFBAQ Caboolture Area Representative, will be the conference organiser for that weekend.
The Association encourages the attendance and participation of Brigade Volunteers’ at its meetings across the State.
From left - Ken Beasley, Graham Luck and Geoff King From left - Brian Needham and Paul Cauchi