BIG HELP: BIAFB’s Todd Johnson, BSL general manager Joe Rea, BSL technical officer Ken McGuigan, BIAFB captain Greg Chandler, (front) TSRFB first officer David Button and BSL environmental technical officer Jeff Wells.
BIG HELP: BIAFB’s Todd Johnson, BSL general manager Joe Rea, BSL technical officer Ken McGuigan, BIAFB captain Greg Chandler, (front) TSRFB first officer David Button and BSL environmental technical officer Jeff Wells. CONTRIBUTED

BSL donates $8000 to region's rural fire brigades

BOYNE Smelters Limited provided a welcome contribution this week to non-profit volunteer fire services, the Boyne Island Auxiliary Fire Brigade and Tannum Sands Rural Fire Brigade.

BSL donated $4000 to each service to assist with the cost of operating their fire control services as we approach their busiest time of the year.

BSL general manager Joe Rea said it was really satisfying to know that we had such professional and efficient services safeguarding the community.

"The devastating fires in New South Wales highlight the critical role volunteer fire services play here and right across Australia," Mr Rea said.

"Each year we have the opportunity to work in partnership with the Boyne and Tannum volunteer fire services to safely back-burn selected areas of BSL's managed bushland in Boyne Island residential areas.

"It is a pleasure for us to provide a small contribution in appreciation of their volunteer services in assisting the Boyne Tannum community to manage uncontrolled fires.

"They are to be congratulated on their commitment to doing this tough work, often alongside full-time jobs, so they can ensure the safety of local property and community members."

The Boyne Island Auxiliary Fire Brigade and Tannum Sands Rural Fire Brigade are volunteer based not-for-profit organisations, which provide training of volunteer members, community education in relation to fire affairs, emergency planning and generally taking measures for the prevention of loss of life and property from fires.