RFSQ change Station Grants to give more to Brigades with less
Monday, 11 Apr 2016
In February, the RFBAQ wrote to RFSQ in regards to the Rural Fire Brigade manual section D 3.7 that outlines the QFES grant of up to 25% of the construction cost (capped at $25,000) to assist brigades to construct, modify or refurbish a fire station.
It was brought to the RFBAQ’s attention by a brigade in far western Queensland who was building a $40,000 station that they would only receive $10,000 from QFES.
As this brigade received no levy and had limited fundraising opportunities, $40,000 was the most they could afford. In comparison, a brigade who receives a levy and has fundraising possibilities is able to fund much larger fire station construction. They are then also able to receive greater financial support from the QFES which is disproportionate to the brigades who are in a greater need of funding assistance.
The RFBAQ requested that the QFES/RFSQ look into discontinuing the 25%, and allow poorer brigades to access the $25,000 for station construction. The RFBAQ also requested that the amount distributed to the more financial brigades not be less than the current $25,000.
Last week RFSQ responded with the good news that commencing in the 2016/17 financial year, the 25% assessment criteria will be discontinued and RFSQ construction grants will be up to a maximum of $25,000.
The RFBAQ would like to thank Gary McCormack, A/Assistant Commissioner RFSQ for the speedy and positive way in which he dealt with this RFBAQ request.