Kandanga Rural Fire Brigade members Rod Worth (second from left), Jim Garret (front right) and members of other brigades with some of the equipment presented by Minister for Emergency Services Neil Roberts (third from right) and Energex Chairman John Dempsey (fourth from right).
Kandanga Rural Fire Brigade members Rod Worth (second from left), Jim Garret (front right) and members of other brigades with some of the equipment presented by Minister for Emergency Services Neil Roberts (third from right) and Energex Chairman John Dempsey (fourth from right). Contributed

Firefighters welcome new equipment

KANDANGA Rural Fire Brigade is better equipped for the coming fire season as part of a $75,000 Energex grant to Queensland Rural Fire Service for new equipment.

Rural firefighters across South-East Queensland welcomed funding at the official launch of the Energex and Rural Fire Service partnership at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds.

Kandanga, Dayboro, Coochin Creek and Beechmont brigades were presented with equipment.

Energex’s support will provide rural firefighters with valuable tools including chainsaws, protective personal equipment, defibrillators and portable radios.

The equipment will help emergency response crews continue with their lifesaving duties.

Minister for Emergency Services Neil Roberts, Energex Chairman John Dempsey, QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson and Rural Operations Assistant Commissioner Steve Rothwell officially launched the partnership and presented the four brigades with the equipment.

Mr Roberts said Energex and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service made a significant contribution to community safety.

He said the ongoing partnership between the organisations would enhance services.

Energex Chief Executive Officer Terry Effeney said the new grants program was put in place after QFRS and Energex signed a Memorandum of Understanding in August, 2007.

QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson said the ongoing need to support Queensland’s rural firefighters has been highlighted in recent times.

“Last year the state experienced the busiest bushfire season on record where in a 36-day period at the height of the season, fire crews battled 4491 vegetation fires,” he said.

For information on the grant or how to prepare for bushfire season visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au

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