New RFBAQ Leadership team endorsed by State Executive meeting

Thursday, 19 Oct 2017

Saturday 14th October saw the RFBAQ General Meeting / Annual General Meeting and the completion of the triennial election process.

The election of the Senior Executive Management Committee was completed and we would like to congratulate the new team and thank Jon Bundy for his work as former RFBAQ President and Graeme McWilliam for his service on the former SEM.


RFBAQ President – Ian Pike AFSM - Caloundra Area
Senior Vice President – Nellie Baron – Charters Towers / Cloncurry Area
Junior Vice President – Jim Besgrove AFSM – Townsville Area
SEM Member – Jon Bundy – Roma Area
SEM Member – Ian Swadling AFSM – Caboolture Area

The election also saw all strategic committee positions become available for election.

Each RFSQ Strategic Committee is chaired by an RFSQ Superintendent and comprises 3 RFBAQ elected Representatives who provide reports on committee decisions and policies to all RFBAQ Reps.

Each committee also contains 3 RFSQ volunteers who are chosen by RFSQ every 2 years and RFSQ / QFES staff as necessary.
Operations Strategic Committee
•    Ian Pike AFSM, Lead
•    Steve Smith – Mackay Area
•    John Massurit – Gladstone Area
Volunteer Support Strategic Committee
•    Nellie Baron, Lead
•    Gael Hardsman – Rockhampton Area
•    Les Lane – Burnett Area
Training and Mitigation Strategic Committee
•    Gary Patzwald, Lead – Toowoomba Area
•    Ben Heilbronn – South Coast Area
•    Gael Hardsman - Rockhampton Area
The Governance Committee comprises the 3 RFBAQ Committee leads to ensure that there is a clear overview of the work the Strategic Committees are considering.

This Governance Committee will report to the SEM  .

Governance Committee
•    Ian Pike
•    Nellie Baron
•    Gary Patzwald
Legal Status of Brigades Committee
•    Graeme McWilliam, Lead – Maryborough Area
•    Ian Pike
•    Ben Heilbronn
•    Ian Swadling
Deemed Diseases Committee – Ian Pike AFSM

Emergency Volunteerism Advisory Council – Jim Besgrove AFSM

Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA) – Ian Pike AFSM and Nellie Baron

Station Wear Uniform Committee – Graeme McWilliam

Olga Wilson Trust – Ian Pike AFSM

All RFBAQ Representatives are active brigade members and can be contacted by clicking here.

With the completion of the election process, the RFBAQ would again like to thank retiring RFBAQ Representatives for their service to brigades across the state.

We would like to wish Marilyn King MACE, John Thomson, Peter Pockock and Paul Smith all the best in the future and for the service they provide to their communities as brigade volunteers.

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