Four More PPB Grants Approved + Illfracombe RFB and Alton Downs RFB

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Four additional Primary Producer Brigades (PPB) Grants have been approved.

Audurn/Beeron RFB will receive 4 UHF CB radios to improve fire line safety while attending a firecall. They do have CB radios mounted in their vehicles, however they often lose communication when away from the vehicle on the fire ground. The 4 UHF radios will cost $1,159.90 with the Burnett RFSQ Office covering the amount above the $1,000 grant.

Glenleigh RFB have requested a chainsaw, spare chain, fuel container and hearing protection totalling $998.90 which will improve the brigades capability in their area. The Burnett Area Office will provide them with chaps from stores, and the staff have advised that this is the first request they have seen from the brigade in some time as the brigade are generally very self-sufficient with their needs.

Kragra Monogorilby RFB, again in the Burnett Area, have requested 1st Aid and CPR Training for their firefighters. This application specifically demonstrates the value of the PPB Grant process to enable volunteers to access lifesaving training that brigades without bank accounts and income cannot afford.

Upper Yarraman RFB in the Toowoomba Area has been approved for a QuikCorp power reel to go on their slip on firefighting unit. The value plus fitting and freight is $3,254.12, the Area Office will be contributing towards the unit above the $1,000 PPB Grant.

Update on the RFBAQ normal grant funding process

Illfracombe RFB in the Barcaldine Area received $5,280.00 for the purchase of a storage container to keep equipment, hoses, foam and all the other bits and pieces a brigade needs when they receive a new truck.

Alton Downs RFB in the Rockhampton Area has been approved for $9,900.00 to purchase 2 x 10,000 gallon water tanks for their station.

The RFBAQ and the RFSQ will be attending FarmFest in Toowoomba, Ag-Grow in Emerald, Westech in Barcaldine, Mareeba Field Days and the Hungerford Field Day.

The plan for these days is to make sure the RFBAQ and the RFSQ are listening to what PPB members want and need. This will be done by asking non-truck brigade members a series of questions that will take about 3 minutes for which we will give a thankyou present. We ask that local RFBAQ Representatives see if they are free to attend their local event, as having someone who can identify and know the local brigade members and encourage them to participate in the process is priceless.

We hope to see you at one of these field days.

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