Have your say on the rural fire service
WITH a review of rural operations under way across the state, now is the time for Central andNorth Burnett communities to have a say in the way Rural Fire Services are run and staffed over the next decade.
Anyone who deals with fire is urged to enter a submission to the review and help restructure the service as it looks to meet individual community needs.
Rural Fire Brigade of Queensland president Mike Garrahy said the organisation “needs the input of every volunteer and every rural and primary producer brigade to ensure every issue is raised and addressed during the review”.
“If that does not happen, volunteers and the communities they support could easily miss out,” Mr Garrahy said.
Coringa Rural Fire Brigade’s Albert Jones said there had been huge changes in the past 15 or 20 years in the methods and equipment used to control and fight fires.
“We have gone from fighting fires with little more than a wet bag to using fully equipped trucks, trailers with pumps, ute slip-ons, and even aerial surveillance and water bombing.
“We could not have done this without the assistance of our paid rural operations staff. These changes in the past didn’t just happen, and the changes in the future won’t just happen.
“They require a team of skilled, dedicated people, working behind the scenes to improve the safety of you and I, our possessions and our country. The Rural Fire Brigade needs all the support it can get.
“With the small team in Bundaberg looking after such a large area, it would be ridiculous to suggest that we could do without any of them. Any reduction in staff would seriously reduce the effectiveness and effi- ciency of the Rural Fire Brigade in this region, and ultimately the safety of the firefighters on the ground as well as those they endeavour to protect.”
At the same time, communities are encouraged to show their support by tying a yellow ribbon where it can be easily seen. RFBAQ representative Marilyn King said Operation Yellow was designed to get ribbons out there.
“This is your chance to support these local volunteers who tie the slip on, on the back of their utes, wear the yellow coats, and drive the yellow fire appliances,” she said.
Bundaberg and North Burnett submissions and emails can be sent to Marilyn King at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ What do you think are the areas of concern and achievement for our local fire crews? Have your say at email@example.com.
YELLOW RIBBONS: The Rural Fire Brigade Bundaberg rep Marilyn King with Coringa’s Rod Campbell and Albert Jones, are asking for community support – tying yellow ribbons around trees and letterboxes.