Hon­our­ing ru­ral fire-fighter

Bun­gadoo vol­un­teers are ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity and rally to­gether to raise funds

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

FIRIES: Bun­gadoo Ru­ral Fire Brigade mem­bers are ded­i­cated to the cause.

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