New Hope supports Emu Creek Rural Fire Brigade

28 August 2014

A donation from the New Hope Group is helping the Emu Creek Rural Fire Brigade to continue its important work for communities on the Darling Downs.

The Emu Creek Rural Fire Brigade, staffed by volunteers, was formed in 1960 to protect the local farming communities.

Since 1999, the brigade has been using a 5000 litre portable firefighting unit, however Emu Creek Rural Fire Brigade officer Barry Sharp said the unit had now reached the end of its designated life.

“The donation from New Hope will greatly assist us as it will contribute to the estimated total cost of $25,000 we need to raise to replace our old 5000 litre unit,” he said.

“Every resident that lives within the area will benefit from the new unit, as it will be used by every brigade throughout our Rural Fire Group area.

“We respond to all callouts when required, and the total area covered by our group is more than 1600 square kilometres.

“The area has large tracts of rough mountainous forest country and is prone to regular wild fires. 

“The unit will provide both vital support for the front line vehicles during bush fires and additional water carrying capacity for flood clean-up work.”

New Acland General Manager Andrew McDonald said the company was proud to partner with local organisations to deliver long-term outcomes for the communities surrounding the New Acland Coal Mine.

“We take safety very seriously at the New Acland Mine, and it is important that volunteer groups such as the Emu Creek Rural Fire Brigade have the appropriate equipment to protect our local communities,” he said.