Calliope Rural Fire Brigade boosted with shed extension

Calliope Rural Fire Brigade boosted with shed extension

Calliope Rural Fire Brigade has spent 70 years providing our community with invaluable fire and emergency services.

Their 30 volunteers have received a boost with the official opening of their shed extension in February.

The shed extension, a work in progress since 2016, provides the brigade with three appliance bays, an office and training facilities, including an incident control point if there is a natural disaster.

First Officer Jason Polzin said he would like to thank the Calliope community for their support of the project, particularly local businesses who donated $50,000 worth of in-kind support.

“This shed extension really was a community effort, with money donated from the Gladstone Foundation, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

“In addition our team raised almost $130,000, and then the community stepped in and donated everything from new carpets, a fridge and a television, to a crane to erect the shed.

“I would like to thank all of these businesses, there’s too many to list individually, but come and check out our permanent thank you sign outside the new shed; it’s a pleasure to support a community full of such wonderful people who support us.

“Lastly, a big thank you to all the Calliope Rural Fire Brigade volunteers for giving up their time to make this extension and upgrade possible.”

QFES Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing said regional volunteers are embedded in their communities.

“The community relies on QFES to be there when they are needed most, and having the right equipment is vital to the work our volunteers do,” he said.

“Central Region is vast and prone to emergency incidents and natural disasters, and this was evident with the Central Region Fires in 2018, which severely impacted the greater Gladstone area.

“Now, with the best possible equipment at hand, our volunteers will continue to build community resilience and protect people in the greater Gladstone area in times of need.”

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If you’re interested in learning more about the brigade, including joining as a volunteer, contact the team on callioperuralfire@hotmail.com or 0429 579 319.