TRAINING BOOST: Bechtel’s Chris Short with Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade’s Alan Smith with a plaque recognising Bechtel’s support for the brigade.
TRAINING BOOST: Bechtel’s Chris Short with Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade’s Alan Smith with a plaque recognising Bechtel’s support for the brigade. Contributed

Bechtel shows support for Curtis Island rural firies

THE Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade will soon be better equipped to provide critical training programs to its volunteer firefighters thanks to a $15,000 donation from Bechtel.

Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade secretary and treasurer, Robyn Mulvena, said the donation would help the brigade refurbish its current fire shed and update its training equipment.

"This donation means we will be able to charge our radios on site with solar power, while new office and training equipment means we can conduct training sessions at the shed, instead of private homes on Curtis Island," Ms Mulvena said.

"We will be better equipped to provide training to our volunteer firefighters and to respond to emergency situations, something we're very appreciative of.

"We keep up a consistent hazard reduction burning program to protect the entire settlement and have worked with the LNG Projects in backburning parts of their sites when needed," she said.

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said supporting the Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade made perfect sense.

"The Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade has assisted our emergency response teams on the Curtis Island LNG Projects in the past," Mr Berg said.

"As we come into summer, this donation will allow them to carry on with their vital work.

"The opportunity to support this critical service and make a positive impact on the Curtis Island Rural Fire Brigade is something our team is very proud of."



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