Club gives back to Rural Fire Service

Members of the Bundaberg 4WD Club Inc. recently had the pleasure of donating to the Rural Fire Service from fundraising efforts held over the last twelve months.

Each year our club nominates a local charity that we raise funds for by sales of our annual Fundraising Calendar that features club members out and about on activities.

Along with sales of the calendar we have our annual “Ladies Day Drive” where the ladies get to do the driving.

If the vehicle does not have a lady to drive the significant other has to don a dress or pay a fine.

Fines take place during the day and add to the total.

This year we raised $1200, which was donated to the Rural Fire Service, and in particular, the Kolonga Branch which looks after the area that we have our club training and camp site.

There is no urban fire service coverage in rural, semi-rural and some urban fringe areas of Queensland.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is the volunteer side of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and provides fire services to 93 per cent of Queensland’s vast state.

The RFS is made up of about 30,000 volunteers, including 2,400 Fire Wardens, who make up approximately 1,400 rural fire brigades.

Although there is a general perception that the main role of RFS volunteers is active firefighting, there is more to being a member of a rural fire brigade.

RFS volunteers provide services in their local area, including fighting landscape fires, hazard prevention and mitigation advice (controlled burns etc.), issuing fire permits, Fire Warden activities, community education and engagement and disaster management response and recovery operations.