A New Rural Fire Brigade is born, welcome to North Stradbroke Island RFB
Saturday, 13 Dec 2014
On the Saturday 13th December around 60 community members came together at Amity Point for the first meeting of North Stradbroke Island Rural Fire Brigade, registration number 2195.
Chaired by RFSQ Inspector Neil Kelso, the meeting saw the election of a Brigade Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, 1st Officer and 2nd Officer.
With volunteers from the SES attending the meeting alongside Parks, Auxiliaries, Indigenous leaders and many other community groups, the future of the brigade looks very healthy.
North Stradbroke Island RFB will soon also be in possession of a light attack fire appliance which should be moved across early in the New Year with the RFBAQ providing initial financial support to the brigade.
The next meeting of the brigade will be held on Saturday 30th January 2015 at Amity Point.
The RFBAQ was contacted in early May by concerned residents on North Stradbroke Island regarding their January fires, and that they didn't have a local Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade.
Following long consultation with stakeholders and residents on North Stradbroke Island, the RFBAQ approached Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers Ted Malone MP seeking Government support for the call of a Public Meeting for the formation of a Rural Fire Brigade.
Following this meeting, the RFBAQ filed a request for registration from the Public Meeting convenors with QFES Commissioner Lee Johnson.
The creation of this new brigade has sparked the interest of other concerned landholders who are also exploring the possibility of starting Rural Fire Brigades in their communities.