Rural firefighters welcome $20,000 Queensland Country Credit Union donation

RURAL firefighters struggling to battle a prolonged bushfire season will be boosted with more equipment and supplies as part of a $20,000 Queensland Credit Union donation.

PARTNERSHIP: Queensland Country Credit Union acting CEO Andrew McArdle and Rural Fire Services inspector Mark Doble at the Jimboomba branch. Photo: Jacob Wilson

PARTNERSHIP: Queensland Country Credit Union acting CEO Andrew McArdle and Rural Fire Services inspector Mark Doble at the Jimboomba branch. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Queensland Country Credit Union acting CEO Andrew McArdle met with Queensland Rural Fire Services inspector Mark Doble at the Jimboomba branch this morning to throw support behind the local heroes.

The $20,000 donation was presented on behalf of all 28 Queensland branches from Stanthorpe in the south to Weipa in the north.

Mr McArdle said he wanted firefighters to know that their brave work was appreciated.

"We've been in direct contact with staff in our Jimboomba, Stanthorpe and Beaudesert brances to identify how we can best support them during this time, especially as some of them have had their own homes threatened by the bushfires," he said.

"Relief packages are available to members who have been affected, but we also wanted to make a financial contribution to the Rural Fire Service to assist with the firefighting efforts and rebuild."

The Rural Fire Service provides fire services to 93 per cent of Queensland and is made up of 33,000 volunteers.

Rural Fire Services inspector Mark Doble said the donation would support front line volunteers who are protecting their communities.

"At the moment there is lots of planning to make sure volunteers are rested and that there are enough people to support the continued operation into january before predicted rain is due to come in," Inspector Doble said.

"The support shown by the Queensland Country Credit Union will go along way to support volunteers."

Fires have struck parts of Logan and the Scenic Rim in recent weeks.

Areas affected include Mount Lindesay, Palen Creek, Barney View, Tegony, Clumber and Moogerah, Binna Burra and near Spicers Peak Lodge and Mount Barney Lodge.

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