QFES Area Training Support Officer Steve Roberts with Mark Magisana, Brian Sipple, Jacob Matthews, Peter McCauley, Neil Mungall and Peter McFarlane (Photo: Tina Torrens)

August 6, 2020

Malar-Booie Rural Fire Brigade now has some of the latest communication technology on board, just in time for the official start of Queensland’s bushfire season.

QFES Area Training Support Officer Steve Roberts visited Malar-Booie Rural Fire Brigade on Wednesday evening to train the volunteer firefighters in the new digital radio technology.

A digital radio has been installed in the brigade’s “51” truck to enhance fireground communication abilities.

“Training is a very important part of preparation for our volunteers to get up-to-date with the latest technology,” Steve said.

“It’s a great to see the commitment from the volunteers that have given up their time to come out this evening, away from their families, to help support our community.”

One of the brigade’s latest members, Mark Magisana, said that like everyone else he had come straight from work for the training session.

“It was also a good opportunity learn how the new radio works and to catch up with the rest of to see how Saturday’s controlled hazard reduction burn went.”

Malar-Booie First Officer Neil Mungall said it had been great to get the support from Steve and the Area Office.

“(It will) make it easier for us to help out the community in our role as volunteer firefighters,” Neil said.

Malar-Booie Rural Fire Brigade would like to remind the South Burnett community that August 1 marked the official start of Queensland’s bushfire season for 2020.

“Here is a link to some of the things that property owners can to minimise the risk to your property and that of your neighbours. Be safe everyone,” Neil said.

Steve Roberts with Malar-Booie First Officer Neil Mungall (Photo: Tina Torrens)
Steve Roberts explaining the new technology which has been fitted to Unit 51 (Photo: Tina Torrens)


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