Customer Case Study QRFS
What is the Rural Fire Service Queensland?
There is no urban fire service coverage of rural, semi-rural and some urban fringe areas. The Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ), made up of approximately 35 000 volunteers (approximately 1500 rural fire brigades) and around 2400 fire wardens, and is the volunteer side of the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and it is these volunteers who provide fire services to 93% of Queensland.
Although there is a general perception that the main role of RFSQ volunteers is active firefighting, there is much more to being a member of a Rural Fire Brigade
What Services do rural fire brigades provide to communities?
Members of the Rural Fire Service Queensland and your local rural fire brigade provide a range of services to help keep Queensland Communities safe.
Rural Fire Brigades respond to the outbreak of fires within their local area and in surrounding areas in support of other rural fire brigades and emergency service workers.
Rural Fire Brigades, in conjunction with Rural Fire Service Queensland staff, undertake a range of planning and preparation activities throughout the year to ensure communities are well prepared for the fire season. One of these activities is hazard reduction burns. Hazard reduction burns use fire to reduce excess vegetation and minimise the potential for bushfires to get out of control.
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Queensland Rural fire service, the primary responding agency to the vast Queensland landscape found a need to cover a greater response roll and also carry a large quantity of water, without the ability to increase the size of cab chassis.
Small and fast response vehicles, able to negotiate the winding and sometimes hilly conditions on a fire ground, whilst maintaining the maximum amount of water, carrying a full complement of equipment without exceeding the GVM of the vehicle.
Quik Corp was able to succeed in producing a unit that was under the GVM requirement of the tender. However we were concerned that there was not enough buffer for our client. Under our own decision making, we worked with consulting engineers and conducted tests on the existing Isuzu NPS 300 4x4 chassis single and twin cab vehicles. After extensive research and calculations it was determined that a spring upgrade front and rear and some physical brake performance testing will enable the GVM of the vehicle to be uprated from 6500 KG to 7000 KG. This increase, while it seems minimal allowed Quik Corp to design and provide a solution to the Queensland Rural Fire Service meeting and exceeding the water and stowage carrying requirements. Not only did we deliver increased carrying capacity but delivered the vehicles with improved springs which meant a better ride and handling than the factory option. Quik Corp was able to develop, calculate, test and certify the GVM upgrade in less than 4 weeks and as such deliver the vehicles upgraded in the specified delivery schedule in the tender.
- Address the stowage and water carrying requirements for QLD Rural Fire Service
- Provide a cost effective solution to use the pre-selected cab chassis
- Work with a consulting engineer to design and conduct brake testing, and vehicle structural evaluation to increase the GVM from 6500 KG to 7000 GVM with minimal structural changes.
- Upgraded GVM to 7000 KG
- Vehicle is now legal to operate will full complement of crew, stowage and water
- Improved handling with the upgrade modifications
- Improved end user satisfaction as no compromise to water carrying capacity
- Upgrade modifications conducted in less than 4 hours
Customer Case Study NT Bushfires Solid EF
“To protect life, property and the environment from the threat of wildfire”
A team of 24 staff within the Department of Land Resource Management is responsible for implementing the Bushfires Act and supporting landholders with fire mitigation. Our staff is located in Darwin, Batchelor, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
A number of roles are carried out by staff including policy, research, equipment subsidy and maintenance programs, education & extension, training, administrative support and volunteer brigade support. Much of the research carried out is a collaborative effort between Bushfires NT (BFNT), Tropical Savannas CRC, National Heritage Trust (NHT) and other Commonwealth bodies.
The projects, led by Dr Jeremy Russell-Smith, involve fire monitoring and development of coordinated fire mitigation programs across Northern Australia.
BFNT assists Volunteer Bushfire Brigades through the provision of vehicles, operational funding and training. There are currently 22 Volunteer Brigades throughout the Territory, the majority being in the rural areas surrounding Darwin.
Innovation enriched with continuous improvement
Quik Corp identified the need for a method of dosing water with wetter for use in a highly water efficient low flow, high pressure firefighting system. Quik Corp developed and patented a Solid wetting agent and the two versions of a dispensing unit. Working with NT Bushfires Quik Corp fitted and trialed version 1 of the large Solid EF dispenser. After field trialing and further research Quik Corp developed Version 2 of the dispenser, incorporating feedback to improve the design while maintaining its simple functionality.
Simple to use, post pump wetter induction system, that does not let foam in to the tank, using a simple and light weight wetting agent. The initial design was functional, but the operation of the valve and drain system was not 100% satisfactory.
Quik Corp solidified the wetting agent and removed the carrier – water, reducing the weight of the product to 0ne twentieth of any competitive product. Our wetter has a shelf life of 5 years and is roughly one third the price of equivalent wetter’s on the marker.
Two dispensers were developed for the wetting agent, one incorporating an internal bypass system, to enable foam induction or just water, the other a simple in line unit for foam induction. After a period of field evaluation and after feedback from our customers Quik Corp developed generation 2 of the dispensers, incorporating an improved valve system and an improved drainage system. As a commitment to our customers Quik Corp is undertaking a program of exchanging the old dispensers and upgrading them to the new.
- Post pump dosing of a wetting agent in to a 40 Bar, high pressure firefighting system, with no moving parts.
- A solid block of wetting agent, designed in a manner to give a constant yield of wetter, contained in a specially designed, light weight dispenser, fitted post pump with no moving parts.
- The wetting agent is 20 time lighter than traditional wetter.
- Wetter is introduced post pump. No foam back in to the tank
- No moving parts.
- Easy to use
- The design has been field tested and with customer feedback redesigned for a better functioning product.
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