Tomewin fire brigade officer Michael Verner with first officer Steven Dalton with one of their fire trucks.
Tomewin fire brigade officer Michael Verner with first officer Steven Dalton with one of their fire trucks. Supplied

Finding funds to stay afloat

TOMEWIN fire brigade protects its territory from bushfire with just two trucks and a lot of fundraising.

First officer at Tomewin, Steven Dalton, said the rural fire brigade had built up its equipment stock through fundraising.

“We also work closely with other rural and urban brigades when fire threatens the area,” he said.

Mr Dalton said education of residents was the key to a good summer.

“When fire bans exist people should observe them and apply for permits to use any fire,” he said.

“If people see smoke they should call triple-0.”

With 25 active volunteer firefighters at the Tomewin station Mr Dalton said they always welcomed new volunteers.

“The average age of volunteers is 50 to 60 so we need younger people to replace the older firefighters when they retire,” he said.

Mr Dalton attended the recent Gold Coast Group meeting with representatives from the 17 Gold Coast fire brigades.

The meeting was also attended by members of the Rural Fire Brigade Association of Queensland to show appreciation to Gold Coast firefighters who gave their time and resources in North Queensland.

According to one firefighter, many at the meeting had not met the representatives of the association before.

The vocal firefighter said Gold Coast rural fire brigades relied on their own fundraising efforts with no financial support from the state association.

Before the meeting, chief executive officer of the Queensland association, Dick Irwin said the Gold Coast rural fire brigades received support from the Gold Coast City Council.



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