HAPPY: Energex acting group manager Steve Leadbetter, Coominya Rural Fire Service first officer Rod Sampson, Woodlea Rural Fire Service firefighter Jesse Russell and Withcott firefighter Des Ashin.
HAPPY: Energex acting group manager Steve Leadbetter, Coominya Rural Fire Service first officer Rod Sampson, Woodlea Rural Fire Service firefighter Jesse Russell and Withcott firefighter Des Ashin. Inga Williams

Energex donates to rural fire brigades

ENERGEX has donated $23,000 towards new emergency response gear for 15 rural fire brigades across the Lockyer Valley.

Rural fire crews from Ipswich, Somerset and the Lockyer Valley gathered at Coominya Rural Fire Brigade to accept more than $23,000 in new equipment, including generators, reversing cameras, navigational devices and portable fridges.

The Coominya brigade were given $15,000 out of the $23,000 with First Officer Rod Sampson acknowledging just how beneficial the emergency response gear would be.

"Last year we had a fire in 42-degree heat and we were out there for 12 hours, so having a place to keep drinks cold is one of the most important things," he said.

"Coominya station has 15 people including first responders, firefighters and support volunteers, but we punch well above our weight. We have the third-highest number of call-outs for the Somerset region."


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