Honouring rural fire-fighter
Bungadoo volunteers are dedicated to protecting the community and rally together to raise funds
THE brave volunteers of the Bungadoo Rural Fire Brigade last Thursday night welcomed a distinguished guest, Colin Walker, to the brigade’s facilities.
Mr Walker was one of the original members whose actions led to the establishment of the Bungadoo Rural Fire Brigade in September 1987.
First officer Dave Morton said members quickly learned to fight fires throughout the community using little more than branches, and by spraying water from members’ private vehicles.
“In 1997, the brigade received its first official rural fire appliance, a Mitsubishi Canter, after doing some considerable fundraising,” he said.
This appliance was dedicated to the memory of Andrew Breffit, another founding member of the Brigade.
“A shed was constructed in 1999 to house this appliance and other brigade equipment, and to provide members with a place to meet.”
In 2009, the brigade bought a second vehicle, a Holden Rodeo, using entirely its own funds.
In late 2013, the brigade received a new Isuzu NPS truck to replace the Mitsubishi Canter.
Today the brigade’s two vehicles are spotted regularly at fires, hazard reduction burns and other events throughout the community, Bundaberg area and places as far away as Rockhampton where brigade members took part in cyclone clean-up.
This year should be an equally exciting one, as the brigade has recently received funding to extend the original shed, and the members are rallying hard to replace the Holden Rodeo, which is due to be decommissioned later this year.
“None of this would have been possible without the dedication, perseverance, and commitment of people like Colin and the other founding members,” Mr Walker said.
FIRIES: Bungadoo Rural Fire Brigade members are dedicated to the cause.