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Firie Femmes at
By Viki Blaik, Peachester Rural Fire Brigade
It started with an idea, the question posed: how can we lift the profile of lady volunteer firefighters? Heads were scratched. Our requirement was fun, camaraderie and with the possibility of raising funds for our brigades. More head scratching.
Miss Muddy came into focus, why not a five kilometre obstacle course? When we are on the fire ground we walk more than five kilometres, we know how to clamber over obstacles, pull hoses over distances, up and down slopes. We have to be able to work as team members, follow directives and maintain a good attitude under duress. Piece of cake!
The next hurdle was attracting interest. Our brigades, Peachester and Glasshouse are part of the SE QLD region, so we sent out invitations to nearby brigades for ladies to join the Firie Femmes, we even sent an invitation to our Commissioner (hey a long shot but worth a try). There was a smattering of interest but as this was our inaugural attempt we didn’t anticipate a flood of like-minded enthusiasts.
Miss Muddy was held in September 2016 at Doomben Race Course, it was a hot and glary day. The Firie Femmes were pensive but keen and we had good backup support from our husbands, who also proudly wore their brigade shirts and caps. Large groups of ladies started off in fifteen minute intervals, the course was not a timed event so you could run, walk, skip or crawl if you wished.
We headed off towards the twenty obstacles and I have to admit the prospect of getting wet was a welcome
relief. There was climbing, balancing, jumping, monkey bars, wading through icy water pools, carrying sandbags, rope climbing, swimming through mud ponds, paint, foam and water bombs and lastly to get past two guys wearing sumo suits.
The best part of the day was the fun and the sense of achievement, assisting others and being assisted over obstacles. There were lots of laughter and plenty of mud.
We are looking towards doing something similar in the future, if you’re interested in joining us keep an eye out and follow us on Facebook at Peachester Rural Fire Brigade.
Thank You
trailerable firefighting unit in line with the “Year of the PPB’s”.
The RFBAQ would again like to sincerely thank the LGAQ (Local Government Association Queensland) for allowing us to display at their 120th Annual Conference on the Gold Coast in October 2016.
The 2017 LGAQ Annual Conference is being held in Gladstone, and the RFBAQ stand will this year display a slip-on unit and speed loader and
With over 500 Mayors and Councillors from all over Queensland attending, this is a great opportunity to again showcase what brigades do to defend communities across our great state.
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RFBAQ Stall At Bushfire 2016 Connecting Science, People and Practice
RFBAQ Representatives from North Coast Region were sponsored by RFSQ to attend Bushfire 2016 in September 2016 held at the University of Queensland.
Attendees from many national land management agencies exchanged ideas and information over the two day sessions. With subsequent field trips to learn about vegetation types and land management techniques on Fraser Island and on the Sunshine Coast.
We would like to thank RFSQ North Coast and Craig Welden and the team from South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium.

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