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2017 Gladstone Area Brigade Executive workshop
Saturday 25th February saw over 100 brigade volunteers and RFSQ staff give up their weekend to attend an executive workshop on Boyne Island.
1st Officers, Secretaries, Chairs and Treasurers from across the Gladstone RFSQ Area heard about improvements in training, equipment, the new management committee manual and the increase in volunteer support being provided by the RFS and QFES.
Deputy Commissioner ESV Mike Wassing, Assistant Commissioner RFSQ Tom Dawson and Chief Superintendent Gary McCormack were just a few of the staff who flew up to support the volunteers in addition to Craig Magick, Andrew Marnie and the local Area Office team.
To support the Gladstone volunteer elected RFBAQ Representative John Massurit, the RFBAQ had an information and PPB Grant Application stand at the workshop.
There was a large display of the new vehicles in service with new dual cab and single cab Isuzu appliances, single cab Canter and a Ford Ranger dual cab kindly driven up by Broweena RFB in the Maryborough Area.
Also on display were the Operational Support Unit 244 Sierra, Central Region 72 and Central Region 81 which is the RFSQ Regional Community Education vehicle. John Welke, who is the manager of Operational Support demonstrated a prototype CAFS system that the RFSQ is investigating.
The Executive Workshop is organised annually by the Gladstone Area Office staff and they are to be commended for this proactive volunteer support initiative.
Follow the RFBAQ Facebook site to see more pictures of the new brigade appliances.
The Gladstone RFSQ Area Office:
- Supports 76 Rural Fire Brigades;
- Has 1,833 volunteers;
- 104 Fire Warden Districts;
- 136 Fire Wardens and Deputy Fire Wardens; and
- Covers the Gladstone and Banana Regional Areas.
- This is 29,577 sq kilometres, or an area bigger than Albania yet slightly smaller than Belgium.
Long-Standing Supporters Win Kia Sportage SI
Mr & Mrs Thomas from Gympie were thrilled to win our Art Union 59 major prize vehicle that was drawn last month. Having been strong supporters since 2007, the Thomas’ say that they have only won a couple of things over the years but this one takes the cake!
Their son who is the 1st Officer of a brigade in Central Queensland and also buys RFBAQ raffle tickets is said to be quite envious of the win.
Justin Choveaux RFBAQ General Manager met Mr & Mrs Thomas at Action Auto Group Gympie today for the handover of their new vehicle. Mr Thomas says that they will continue to support the ‘usual’ amount each Art Union and the vehicle will be put to good use.
The RFBAQ receives no Federal, State or Local Government money and it is only through generous supporters that the RFBAQ is able to continue lobbying the State Government and key stakeholders to improve support for brigades and provide RFBAQ grants.
The RFBAQ would like to congratulate Mr & Mrs Thomas on their win and thank all Queenslanders for their continued support throughout the year.

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