$12,000 funding boost to protect rural firefighters
MACKAY firefighters will not battle blazes empty-handed thanks to donations from their community.
Six Mackay brigades were each awarded $2000 as part of a Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland program.
The Buy Local Brigade Grants program, funded entirely by ticket sales and donations to rural fireys, will allow the brigades to buy new equipment from Mackay region businesses.
The Mirani, Mt Martin, Netherdale, Eton, Habana and Preston units were among 33 in Queensland to benefit from the latest RFBAQ grants.
It will enable them to buy necessary items, including handheld radios, water pumps and fittings, hose reels, backpack blowers, batteries and CCTV for their stations.
"When you have a look at the quotes and the bottom dollar invoice amount, you can really see how the local businesses are getting behind the scheme and their brigades by giving significant discounts," a RFBAQ spokesman said.
Due to the popularity of the program the RFBAQ has opened up a new round of applications.
Brigades have until June 30 to apply.
For more information visit: https://www.rfbaq.org/buylocalgrants