Industry donation to help develop new rural fire station

Industry donation to help develop new rural fire station

A donation of $11,209 from Orica Yarwun has seen Westowe Rural Fire Brigade power along with the Stage 2 development of their new station.

The donation, which included the buyer’s fees of $952.77 from Grays.com, funded through Orica Yarwun selling an old on-site ambulance, will be used for internal fit out, which includes an office, a meeting and training room, toilet and shower, a P3 mask cleaning room and laundry with store room.

First Officer Danny Devers said the brigade greatly appreciated Orica’s on-going assistance.

“Orica have generously supported the brigade over the years,” he said.

“They were a key part of the funding for Stage 1 of our new station, which included slab and shed construction, light and power connection, and the installation of rainwater tanks.

“They also assisted the brigade a few years ago by replacing equipment after our old station was broken into.”

Orica Yarwun Manufacturing Centre Manager Viney Kumar said they were “delighted to provide this support to stage two of the Westowe Rural Fire Brigade’s new facility”.

“They play an important part in the safety of us all in the Yarwun area,” he said.

The Westowe Rural Fire Brigade was established in 1954 and covers the areas of West Stowe, Targinnie and Yarwun.

The brigade of 36 volunteers is always looking for new members to join their team of dedicated rural firefighters.

For more information contact westowerfb@gmail.com or phone 0439 670 605.

Everyone is welcome to attend their meetings held on the last Thursday of every month at their station at 1417 Calliope River Road, West Stowe, from 7pm.

The brigade is also looking for funding assistance for Stage 3 of their new station, which will include the installation of a hard standing driveway and carpark area.

 

Rural Fire Service

The Rural Fire Service is the volunteer side of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, and provides fire services to 93 percent of our vast state.

The RFS is made up of about 30,000 volunteers, including 2,400 Fire Wardens, who make up approximately 1,400 rural fire brigades.

RFS volunteers provide services in their local area, including:

  • fighting landscape fires
  • hazard prevention and mitigation advice (controlled burns etc.)
  • issuing fire permits and Fire Warden activities
  • community education and engagement
  • disaster management response and recovery operations.