THANKS: And here's $5500 for beer and pizzas
A GENEROUS whip-around at the mine faces of two iron ore operations on the other side of the continent will help one local rural fire brigade fight the next outbreak of Noosa fires.
Tinbeerwah and District Rural Fire Brigade was recently contacted after the recent Cooroibah bush fires by "two local lads who work FIFO at BHP Iron Ore" in West Australia.
Brigade volunteer Andrew Bell, said his sons Mark and Scott Bell were away working and "watching the devastation on the TV".
"I'm very, very proud of them," said Andrew who has been part of rural brigades for nine years.
"My youngest son Scott said it would be quite nice to put on some beer and pizzas.
"He thought with a couple of his mates he'd get a couple of hundred dollars for a slab of beer and he's got his own pizza oven, so he was going to do pizzas (for the volunteers).
"So a hat was passed round and the donations just rolled in, to well over $5500.
"His brother works for a different mine site in WA and he was collecting, so the boys had basically had two pots of money and it started spiralling," Andrew said.
Andrew said his family had been evacuated and the boys "knew Dad was on the fire line for four days".
First officer Ines Burkardt of Tinbeerwah and District Rural Fire Brigade.
Ines said: "The money would be put to good use within the brigade, but the beer and pizza will have to wait until this fire season is well and truly over."
On behalf of the brigade and all the volunteers, she "could not thank the boys and their work colleagues enough for the generous support".
And to show the brigades' work is never done, Andrew said he's just spent two days down near Yandina with his crew battling the Cooloolabin fire.