We have 17 volunteer elected Area Representatives who give up their time to represent their local brigades.
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Back in 1976, I became a volunteer firefighter for Tangorn RFB and then later with East Darr RFB and also Betts Creek RFB. I am married with three grown sons and spend most of my time looking after my cattle grazing business which is spread across two properties, one is about 65,000 acres and the other is 55,000 acres. Cattle grazing keeps me very busy but I still find time to do what I love the most and that is to play cricket – I have been called many times by my friends as a cricket-a-holic!
I have a corporate background with strong skills in marketing, business, economic development, training, corporate governance and not for profit companies. I was the founding member and vice president of the Bundaberg Health Service Foundation and am a life member of the Arthritis Foundation. I produce Australian Native Essential Oils with my husband Graeme and am also an Officer and member with Winfield Rural Fire Brigade.
I have enjoyed being a volunteer Fire Fighter for the past eight years. The last four years I have served as First Officer with a busy brigade at Tirroan. Our brigade has deployed crews to Narrabri NSW, Mt Archer and Gaeta fires in recent years with achievements on all campaigns. My interests are the great outdoors and all the adventure that is out there. Our family consists of two girls who can shoot nearly as good as me and a son who has been behind the controls of a Super Hornet simulator. Then there is mum, my wife, well she supports all of us to fulfil our passions and dreams in life.
I was born in Cairns and spent the first 40 years at Smithfield on my family’s cane farm. I joined the Thomatis Creek RFB in 1967 when it formed. I later moved to Speewah and re-established the Grove Creek RFB (now Speewah RFB), where I served as First Officer for over 14 years. I enjoy my job, take it very seriously and meet some interesting people through this voluntary position.
I started out as a volunteer firefighter in NSW in 1979 and then moved to Queensland and joined Samford RFB in 1999, where I am now the Second Officer. I have also served as a fire warden and fire investigator. I am married and my kids are currently studying at university. I love to get outdoors to go mountain bike riding or motorcycling. I joined the Association as the Caboolture Area Representative in 2008 and have enjoyed the challenges of volunteering and all that it encompasses.
I have been a member of Samford Rural Fire Brigade for more than 40 years and have seen it change from a typical farmer brigade to one now serving a large rural residential area. Over the years I have held various positions including First Officer for 17 years and Fire Warden for 12 years. In 1988 I was awarded the first AFSM to be made to a Queensland Volunteer.
In 1989 I helped form the RFBAQ and was the founding Chairman. I also represented RFBAQ on the Australian Assembly of Volunteer Fire Brigades Associations (AAVFBA) now known as Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA).
I served as Presiding Officer of the Rural Fire Council from 1990 until 1993.
My wife Daphne and I travelled around Queensland in 1998 collecting oral history of the Queensland Rural Fires Board from early Inspectors and Volunteers and as a result wrote ‘From Beaters to Bambi Buckets: a history of the volunteer Queensland Rural Fires Organisation 1927 to 1990 and beyond’.
I am the First Officer of Federal Rural Fire Brigade where I have been a member for 26 years and the Noosa Group Officer for 13 years. In 2010 I was elected in as the RFBAQ Representative for the Caloundra District, I am also the Vice President and Chief Dairy Steward of the Noosa Show and has showed and judged Illawarra cattle for 35 years. I am married with 3 adult sons and am now a retired dairy farmer.
I have been a Charters Towers girl most of my life and worked as an auxiliary firefighter from 1985 to 1999. I have been very active as a volunteer in the Charters Towers District serving as Secretary for the Selheim Rural Fire Brigade, was an RFBAQ Representative in 2005 and again early 2012. I have worked as a tuck-shop convener in the local state high school for the past 21 years.
I come from a family of rural fire brigade volunteers and growing up across the road from the fire shed I have also been involved since I was a kid. I live in Mount Isa which is mostly spinifex and buffel grass country, work underground in the mines and in my spare time I renovate my house. Volunteering is my passion and my local rural fire brigade, like a lot of brigades, when we’re not fighting fires or attending community events we are working closely with the local SES during floods and cyclones.
I am an active member of Iona Rural Fire Brigade, currently serving as the First Officer and Secretary. I have been involved in the Rural Fire Brigade for 8 years.
I served in the Australian Regular Army for 9 years and I also served for 8 years as an ambulance officer with the QATB and QAS, working in Brisbane, Mackay and the Whitsundays. I have been in Emerald for 19 years and now work in the mining industry as a control room operator at an underground coal mine.
I have been a volunteer firefighter since the early 1980’s with Stony Batter RFB and then became the First Officer in 1983. I was also a volunteer firefighter for many years in NSW. I have worked in many fields, predominantly as a maintenance man but also as a forklift driver, a truck driver and even a baker. I am married and have two beautiful daughters. My greatest passion is sailing followed closely by firefighting! I live in the Atherton Tablelands and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of 20 acres plus.
I have been knocking about the RFS scene for over 30 years, even made a career out of it for 20 of those years in senior management positions in Queensland and NSW. I was the first AD appointed to Ipswich and worked with brigades to introduce the Group structure and levies. I recently returned to the Gold Coast after 10 years in NSW RFS as a Superintendent/Zone Manager. I co-founded the RFBAQ back in 1988. Volunteer firefighters are my passion which is why I sought election to the RFBAQ.
I joined Springbrook RFB in 1992 after 10 years’ volunteer service in NSW. I am currently DGO in the Gold Coast Group, and an RFI for Ipswich District. Previously I was an Ipswich RFBAQ Representative for 5 years and am now a support RFBAQ Representative. I am an agricultural/environmental chemist and ex-farmer, and live at Springbook in the mountains behind the Gold Coast.
I grew up on a farm fighting fires, so when Ripley Valley Rural Fire Brigade started I was one of their foundation members. I have been involved in every position in the brigade over the preceding years. I have been involved in Ipswich group for many years and was the Group Officer. I see that the Association as being the best way we can achieve change as we work together to advocate for thousands of volunteers by truly representing the volunteers and voicing their concerns to the Politicians and the Service at the different levels.
I am a beef cattle grazier in the Clermont District. From 1974 to 2011 I was an active member of Queensland Mines Fire and Rescue Service underground and open-cut serving in Blackwater, Moura and Dysart. I also served as an honorary bearer for the Queensland Ambulance Service from 1975 to 1986 and since 2001 I have served as Fire Warden in the Cotherstone Rural Fire Brigade. In September 2011 I was elected as Mackay Area Representative.
I joined Sandy Straits Rural Fire Brigade early 2008 and since have become the brigade Secretary, Second Officer, Maryborough Deputy Group Officer and Group Administration Officer. Over the past five years I have helped improve the Sandy Straits RFB station. I enjoy giving back to the community through volunteering, especially when I have a drip torch in my hand.
I am 60 years old (just). I am married and we have been together 30 years, with 2 sons.
I have been a member of the RFS for 8 years, serving the last 3 years as First Officer. Prior to the RFS I served 12 years in the Australian Defence Force.
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Went to my first fire in 1974 and joined my local brigade in 1992 . I have been an RFBAQ Representative since early 2000 and currently work for Main Roads as bridge inspector data analyst around the state of Queensland. I live in south west Queensland near Roma.
Mike joined his local bush fire brigade in 1994 and subsequently became 1st Officer and Fire Warden. He was part of the team that developed the digital mapping programme which is now being delivered to brigades. Mike's hobbies include canoeing and fishing. His fishing exploits give much amusement to the other rurals in the boat who catch all the fish.
I have been a volunteer for 12 years with Gladfield Maryvale Rural Fire Brigade and First Officer for 8 years and have just stepped down from being Deputy Group Officer for the Warwick Group to take on this role with RFBAQ. I have spent many hours over the last 4 years developing the current command vehicles (91) that are throughout Southwest Region.
Lived on the family farm all my life, I went to my first major fire in the mid 60's on the next door neighbours farm. As a member of the Cabarlah Rural Fire Brigade, I have been Treasurer for four years, now First Officer, Chairman and Fire Warden. Plus I have been the Deputy Group Officer for the Eastern Downs Group for the last 6 years or so.
I was a self-employed earthmoving contractor for about 30 years and now work for Toowoomba Regional Council as a plant operator
I am acting Group Officer for Thuringowa RFB Group, First Officer of Black River & Districts RFB, and a member of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services (AIES). I have been a volunteer firefighter since Joining Sandy Point (NSW) Bush Fire Brigade in 1981 and have also served in NSW brigades Wilberforce RFB and Buxton RFB. I was also in the RAAF for 15 years and have been a vocational trainer and Safety Officer since 2000. I spent time as an acting BTSO for Townsville and acting Regional WH&S Coordinator for QFRS in the last 3 years. I have developed a great working relationship with all stakeholders in Northern Region and Townsville Area.
I started my fire fighting experience as a boy living on a Citrus Orchard in Gayndah helping my Dad by stopping fires entering the Orchard from the surrounding bush land from time to time. So you might say I got the bug at an early age. I started as a volunteer fire fighter with the Tannum Sands Number 1 & 2 brigades in 1985 and have held a number of firefighting roles throughout my life.
In 1979 I started with the then Queensland Government Railways and enjoyed a 27 year career at a number of depots throughout Queensland. I retired from QR in 2005 as a "Tutor Driver".
Married to Pauline we have 5 grown children, 5 Grandkids and I have a keen interest in cars and motorbikes. As a volunteer fire fighter at both Saunders Beach and Black River Rural Fire Brigades I hold volunteers in the highest regard, so am only too pleased to be able to assist the RFBAQ and the Townsville District Representative in continuing to make the life of the volunteers easier and safer.
I am a Company Director and Cane Farmer in the Hinchinbrook Shire (Ingham). I am a diesel fitter heavy earthmoving tradesman and hold an MC license as well as many operator tickets. I have been in the Rural Fire Service & SES since the late 1980's and am currently the 1st Officer for Stone River Rural Fire Brigade and Fire Warden for Lower Stone.
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