Omanama was the first Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) to receive a slip-on unit, valued at $5000, at the opening day of CRT FarmFest 2010, presented by Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts. (From left) Mr Roberts, Chris Thallon (Reliance Petroleum), Rural Fire Operations Assistant Commissioner Steve Rothwell, and Omanama Brigade’s secretary/treasurer Gordon Donovan.
Omanama was the first Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) to receive a slip-on unit, valued at $5000, at the opening day of CRT FarmFest 2010, presented by Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts. (From left) Mr Roberts, Chris Thallon (Reliance Petroleum), Rural Fire Operations Assistant Commissioner Steve Rothwell, and Omanama Brigade’s secretary/treasurer Gordon Donovan.

Partnership helps rural firies

A RENEWED partnership between Reliance Petroleum and the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service will see rural fire brigades from across the state share in $100,000 worth of slip-on firefighting units.

Announcing the partnership at the CRT Farmfest near Toowoomba yesterday, Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said it would benefit many rural communities.

“Queensland Rural Fire Service volunteers dedicate many hours of their time and consistently put themselves on the front line in order to keep our rural communities safe,” Mr Roberts said.

“It’s important to make sure they have the equipment they need to protect the community during the fire season.

“This financial year the Bligh Government has invested close to $30 million into the Rural Fire Service, an increase of 66 per cent on five years ago.

“However, partnerships with businesses like Reliance Petroleum will further boost the service.”

Mr Roberts said Reliance’s $100,000 sponsorship would allow the fire service to purchase and distribute 20 new ‘slip-on’ firefighting units to rural brigades.

“These units can hold 500 litres of water and can be quickly mounted on to a range of different vehicles to allow a rapid response to incidents such as small fires or chemical spills.

“It’s also fitting to be making this announcement during Queensland Week, because the state’s 34,000 Rural Fire Service volunteers epitomise the community spirit that Queenslanders are renowned for.”

Reliance Petroleum managing director David Birrell said the company’s experience in rural and regional Queensland gave it an intimate understanding of the needs of rural communities and the importance of the Rural Fire Service.

“With more than 115 outlets and 1080 staff statewide, we are very much a part of the community and we look forward to continuing our support of Queensland Rural Fire Service,” Mr Birrell said.

Rural Fire Operations Assistant Commissioner Steve Rothwell said the slip-on units were an ideal firefighting tool for rural brigades.

“The slip-on units are designed to fit on to just about any utility or truck, which is a great feature, especially for brigades in agricultural communities,” Mr Rothwell said.

“A perfect example is the Oman Ama Rural Fire Brigade from the Darling Downs, who joined us for today’s announcement. This 20-person brigade is the first in Queensland to benefit from the Reliance Petroleum sponsorship program this year.

“As a result they now have an enhanced capacity to respond to emergency situations in their local community.

“They are just one of 20 brigades that will receive one of these slip-on units through the program over the next 12 months.”



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