Brigades urged to fire up for share of $50,000
REGIONAL and rural fire brigades across Queensland can share in $50,000 to pay for much-needed firefighting equipment.
Applications for the Primary Producer Community Defence Grant Scheme are now open and all volunteer-based brigades without trucks are encouraged to apply.
This is the first time the grants have been offered.
The scheme has 50 grants of $1000 available thanks to the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Rural Fire Service Queensland.
The grants can fund things such as shipping containers to store firefighting equipment, chainsaws, portable UHF radios, water coolers and cutting edges for graders.
Applications close on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Rural fire brigades association general manager Justin Choveaux said the successful applicants were encouraged to spend their grant money in their local regions.
"The RFBAQ would like for the quotes to come from local businesses so that the grant money can be spent locally," Mr Choveaux said.
"The RFBAQ gains all of its financial support from the Queensland community and when funding grants, the RFBAQ pays local suppliers to increase local defence capabilities for their communities.
"The grant scheme is about developing rural and regional community defence, we do this through purchasing locally and supporting the business community that are the volunteers.
"Saving $20 on buying chainsaws in bulk from Sydney will not support the brigade when the equipment needs fixing locally.
"You get more than $20 goodwill for the brigade from purchasing locally when something goes wrong."
To apply for a grant visit www.rfbaq.org.