Reds fire up over smoke detectors
A FOOTBALLER and minister with Southern Downs connections were both pushing the need to install smoke detectors in Brisbane yesterday.
Queensland Reds prop Greg Holmes, who is originally from Allora, was joined by his team-mates Chris Feauai-Sautia and Albert Anae in installing 20 smoke detectors in homes of Slacks Creek/Logan residents.
The Reds installed the detectors with the assistance of Queensland Fire and Rescue personnel in the wake of a fire three months ago which claimed the lives of 11 people with Pacific Islander connections.
The Lale Foundation, which was set up after the fire in support of the families affected, is also involved in the initiative.
Queensland Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts, who has relatives in Warwick, applauded the Reds' initiative.
"There were more than 670 house fires in Queensland during the cooler months from June to September, including the devastating fire at Slacks Creek," Mr Roberts said.
"Since 1997 it has been a requirement under the Building Code that all new residential buildings are fitted with smoke alarms and in 2007 the government introduced laws mandating that all residential buildings, regardless of age, must be fitted with an alarm."
Holmes is an aspiring fire fighter after rugby, while Feauai-Sautia and Anae have strong links to the close-knit Pacific Islander rugby community.