Bushfire Heavy Attack v1.0 – RFBAQ designed / RFSQ Funded
AFAC22 in Adelaide saw us compare the CFS and CFA 4,000l vehicles, and the prototype Queensland bushfire heavy attack that is on show at AFAC23 in Brisbane is a compilation of the latest and best crew safety equipment and designs that were learnt from the RFBAQ / QuikCorp Innovation platform, the RFBAQ FusionCruiser as well as inclusions derived from both the South Australian CFS and the Victorian CFA.
The RFBAQ are looking to gather feedback and suggestions from the fire agencies, manufacturers and firefighters who have been using bushfire heavies for many years.
What Queensland brigades were missing was a Bushfire Heavy Attack. This is a type of vehicle that has been available to brigades across other states and territories, but has always been denied to brigades in Queensland.
Communities and the Rural Fire Brigades that defend them are enormously diverse and the equipment that brigades are able to access should be able to meet local needs. One size does not fit all.
When you travel around Queensland and have a look at the bigger vehicles that brigades design, build and fund themselves there are a number of common themes that we have incorporated into the Bushfire Heavy Attack v1.0.
This vehicle will travel around the state to gather brigade member feedback on design and usability. These improvements will then be incorporated into the production version.
RFSQ now has a good and practical design for Town Heavy Attacks and another 17 of these are in production for towns across regional and remote Queensland.
The RFBAQ would like to thank Commissioner Greg Leach, Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing, Deputy Commissioner Adam Stevenson and RFSQ Chief Officer Joanne Greenfield for backing and funding this project.