Slip-on units will help save lives

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FIGHT­ING fires is part of ru­ral liv­ing for many peo­ple in the North Bur­nett re­gion and they need all the help they can get.

Any time of the day or night the phone can ring and fire­fight­ers will be on their way to save prop­erty, lives and live­stock.

“Each year Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Queens­land al­lo­cates new slip-ons to sup­ply our ru­ral brigades across Queens­land,” RFSQ area di­rec­tor Act­ing In­spec­tor Craig Mag­ick said.

Four new ap­pli­ances were re­ceived this week in the Mun­dub­bera and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Slip-on units are housed on farms around the area, so they can be ac­cessed by any­one at any time.

“This year the RFSQ Bund­aberg area of­fice was suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing 28 new units for the Bund­aberg and North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil ar­eas,” Mr Mag­ick said.

“The slip-on unit is a vi­tal tool ready for use by ru­ral brigades in com­bat­ing fires in their bri­gade area.”

The units are mounted on a free­stand­ing frame at the right height so they can be eas­ily slipped onto the back of a util­ity, ready to go and fight a fire.

“Ru­ral brigades across the North Bur­nett will po­si­tion the new units in key lo­ca­tions across their bri­gade area, which will im­prove their abil­ity to pro­tect their com­mu­nity,” Mr Mag­ick said.

With the fire sea­son in the Bur­nett ex­tended be­cause of the dry weather, th­ese units will be put to good use in the com­ing months and the more that are in the area, the bet­ter.

For many years the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice has been pro­tect­ing com­mu­ni­ties from the dev­as­ta­tion fire can cause.

Th­ese men and woman are al­ways ac­tive in the bush back burn­ing, clear­ing fire breaks and sav­ing wildlife.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

NEW FIRE-FIGHT­ING GEAR: Four slip-on units were dis­trib­uted in Mun­dub­bera by the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Queens­land last week.

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