Senator Glenn Lazarus visits RFBAQ and Veteran Rural Fire Brigade

Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015

The staff of the RFBAQ were delighted when Senator Glenn Lazarus visited the Gympie Contact Centre today. This gave the RFBAQ an opportunity to show the mechanics of the Association, the role of Rural Fire Brigades and how they are currently funded. The local Urban Fire & Rescue station crew also had a chance to meet Senator Lazarus whilst they were in the office.

Senator Lazarus knows the importance of volunteers in our communities, “I volunteered with the SES prior to entering politics, so I understand how hard our volunteers work and the important role they play in protecting and supporting our community”.

This visit was a great opportunity to physically show how Rural Fire Brigades are supported by the Association and also meet with some local volunteers by then visiting Veteran Rural Fire Brigade. This gave Senator Lazarus a deeper understanding of how response and recovery operations are delivered by community members across the majority of the State. “Not only do they respond to fire, they also respond to almost any other threat to the well-being of their local communities”, Senator Lazarus said.

Veteran RFB is where the Gympie flood cleanup is co-ordinated through the Incident Control Centre that was built and funded by community donations. A very real example of how a brigade can grow to meet not only wildfire response needs, but also those of community recovery.

“Queensland’s rural fire brigades play an important role in keeping our communities safe and their job is getting harder,” Senator Glenn Lazarus said today. “I am keen to ensure they know how much they are appreciated and respected in Queensland and that they have our support”.

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