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Montville R.F.B. Treasurer
retires after 20 years

by Cameron Outridge

One of the unsung heroes of the rural fire service has been honoured by his colleagues in the Montville Rural Fire Brigade.

At the brigade’s recent annual general meeting, veteran support member Ian Rolle was presented with mementoes to mark his retirement after 20 years service as Chairman, Secretary and, latterly, Treasurer of the brigade.
“Few people realize how much is done behind the scenes by dedicated support members like Ian Rolle,” said Rural Fire Brigade District Inspector Wayne Waltisbuhl.

“Uniformed members of the brigade are seen out and about often enough but they’re only able to function as well as they do because of the hard work done by those who don’t ride the fire trucks.”

Inspector Waltisbuhl said it was largely due to Ian’s skill at squeezing every cent of value out of brigade funds that Montville was able to reequip with three brand new fire trucks in a little over two years. “Because of its position on the Blackall Range and the number of buildings in the area, Montville is classed as a level Four rural brigade, which is the highest level of commitment and training.”

“ It therefore has to be equipped to that level, and that’s only possible with significant and consistent financial support from the community,” he said. Echoing that theme, Mr Rolle said he had always been ‘a community person’ and was glad to have been given the opportunity to support the Montville Brigade.

He acknowledged the part played by state government, with a contribution of over $100,000 towards the cost of the two fire trucks purchased in the past year, but warnes that firefighters still struggled at times to meet regular and often high running costs. “Fire brigade levies are very important, but they never cover the full costs of providing and replacing hoses, uniforms and other equipment,” he said.

“So it’s essential for people for people in the community to kick in what they can, when the fire brigade asks for donations. And with what looks like a difficult fire season already under way, the need now is greater than ever.”
Presentations to Mr Rolle and wife Judy were also made by State MP for Nicklin Peter Wellington and Division One Councillor for Maroochy Shire Greg Rogerson.


Feted in the fire shed: retiring Montville fire brigade
treasurer Ian Rolle with wife and Divison One
Maroochy Shire Councillor Greg Rogerson.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.