Firefighters welcome funds
TWEED Rural Fire Services received a welcome boost yesterday after receiving a cheque for more than $14,000.
The money was raised at the recent annual Mayoral Ball held at Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
Event organiser Tweed mayoress Karlene Polglase said it had been a fantastic result and exceeded all expectations.
"We know how hard it can be for volunteer services to raise funds and this has been a way of showing our appreciation. This year the community has really got behind this and shown their support," she said.
The Mayoral Ball, now in its third year, has raised a combined total of $40,000 to date for various community organisations.
Tweed Community Safety Officer Laurence McCoy said the money would largely go towards upgrading stations and improving training facilities. The new state-of-the-art training facility to be located at the Murwillumbah Fire Control Centre will allow firefighters to get a first-hand experience of a real life emergency.
"Usually training exercises involve lighting a real fire, we're now looking at generating smoke and heat to simulate a fire situation within the centre," he said. Mr McCoy said the training procedures for rural firefighters was an extremely intensive process.
"Training is extremely important to maintaining an effective service," he said. Tweed rural
firefighters have been widely praised by the community for their tireless efforts.
- KATE McINTOSH