Rural firies rely on new units

RURAL emergency firefighting in the Capella district received a boost this week with the donation of a new slip-on unit to the Lowestoff primary producer brigade.

QFRS Rural Operations assistant commissioner Steve Rothwell said Lowestoff was one of 20 primary producer brigades chosen to receive a new slip-on unit, provided by Reliance Petroleum and BP.

In a partnership that will provide 20 primary producer brigades with better resources and a greater capacity to serve the people of Queensland, Reliance Petroleum in conjunction with BP will supply 20 lightweight, transportable slip-on pumping units to Rural Fire Brigades across the state, and Lowestoff from the Emerald area is the latest brigade to benefit from the sponsorship program.

The units hold up to 500 litres of water and are ideally suited for handling small fires and the clean-up of chemical spills. The units have been developed to mount quickly on to utilities and trucks and can be used with multiple vehicle combinations.

Mr Rothwell said the partnership with Reliance Petroleum provided Lowestoff with a firefighting resource that would assist them now and in years to come.

“Without this vital sponsorship, brigades would have to raise their own funds to purchase these units and, in some cases, this could take several years,” Mr Rothwell said.

Reliance Petroleum managing director David Birrell said Reliance Petroleum and BP were proud to support such an active part of the Queensland community.

“Queensland Rural Fire Brigades do so much for local communities and we wanted to be able to do something in return,” Mr Birrell said.

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