Five Rural Fire Brigades in the Lockyer Valley region will be able to upgrade some of their equipment after recently sharing in a $10,000 donation provided by the local Freemasons.
Argyle Freemasons Lodge, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, provided the funds, having been motivated by the efforts of the firemen and women across the country during the disastrous bushfire season, which began in September last year.
Argyle Freemasons Lodge Treasurer Peter Hooper said Mulgowie, Blenheim, Hatton Vale, Grandchester and Woodlea Rural Fire Brigades would be able to purchase upgraded equipment such as blowers, GPSs, generators and other items that are not provided by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.
“Needs within our local community are often the focus of our charity work,” Peter said.
“The recent bushfires devastated so many communities around the country, so we felt that it was important that we did our bit to support our local firies as a thank you for protecting our community both now and into the future.”
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said initiatives that help to alleviate suffering and misfortune aligned with his organisations work at a grassroots level.
“We commend Argyle Lodge for identifying this local initiative so that together, we could provide a hand up with much-needed equipment to carry out their job on the frontline,” he said.
Photo: Mulgowie Rural Fire Brigade volunteer Andrew Hooper, Argyle Freemasons Lodge representatives Peter Hooper, Rub Logan and Keith Jensen and Mulgowie Rural Fire Brigade first officer Roy Emmerson.