Rural Fire Service volunteers on the scene of a bush fire in the Tweed last year.
Rural Fire Service volunteers on the scene of a bush fire in the Tweed last year. John Gass

Firies better equipped after donations

VOLUNTEER fire brigades around the Tweed are putting new gear to good use after sharing $75,000 worth of new equipment.

Five of the shire’s Rural Fire Service brigades were a bit better off after successfully applying for a share in the NSW Rural Fire Service Association’s 2015 Grant Scheme.

The donated gear included storage units, GPS units, generators, gazebos, air compressors and traffic batons.

Tweed Coast RFS president Trevor Bird said their new television, DVD player, tables and marquee would help with training and public relations activities.

“We’re very happy,” he said. “We do a lot of training and we’re always busy.”

Murwillumbah RFS secretary Paul Robertson said his brigade had until now scarce storage space at its Kyogle Rd station.

A storage unit donated to them has made equipment more organised and accessible.

“(It) will be much quicker to access equipment in times of emergency,” Mr Robertson said.

Murwillumbah RFS also received two GPS units, to assist in locating the scene of incidents.

RFSA acting president Ken Middleton said the scheme filled the gaps of equipment not covered by state and council funding.

This year the RFSA donated about $1.37 million worth of gear across the state, from raffle ticket sales.



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