The City of Logan and the surrounding South East Queensland corner has lost a much needed organisation.
Announcing today on their Facebook page, Logan House Fire Support Network will permanently close effective immediately.
Logan House Fire Support Network started officially in 2014 by Louie Naumovski and Christine Richards after several years seeing a need for helping people after a devastating house fire.
In 2011, a family lost 11 of its members as a fire engulfed their home at Slacks Creek. As the pair went to pay their respects, they saw a need for assistance in the community after a fire.
After a fire destroys a person’s home, most families have nowhere to turn. They are left with nothing and are unsure of what steps to take afterwards. From 2011 the idea was born however it was not until 2014 they stared running the new charity.
After attending many fires across Logan and the south east, 2015 they started to lobby the State Government to mandate photoelectric smoke alarms.
A private members bill was introduced to parliament and their report was referred to the legal and ethical committee for discussion. Then the sitting government introduced a bill in March 2016, which at the time, was world leading legislation. The legislation was passed on the August 31, 2016.
“This was one of the most satisfying nights of our lives,” said Louie at the time.
“To know that the government has mandated to save lives, making photoelectric technology the only smoke alarm to be installed in Queensland homes.”
It has not only been after fires that Logan House Fire Support Network has helped with in the community. They have been attended hundreds of events giving the community support and answering questions about the new legislation to help keep residents safe in their homes.
The charity has also been heavily involved in the clean-ups after the major flooding events that occurred in Logan. They organised volunteers and were the main communicators for the many groups to ensure people were where they were needed most.
Over the past few years, Louie and Logan House Fire Support Network created the Woodridge Santa run that took place on Christmas Day. Fire trucks, police vehicles, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles would drive through the streets handing out lollies, toys and presents to those who could not afford them.
The convoy would always end at the Logan Hospital Children’s Hospital to bring smiles to those kids doing it rough spending Christmas in hospital.
This announcement comes as a great loss to the community and one that has been forced to happen due to state government and QFES changes in policy.
“This is a hard post to write, but after weighing up many factors, we have decided to permanently close down Logan House Fire Support Network, effective immediately, as of the 30/06/2023,” said Louie Naumovski in the Facebook statement.
“We are proud of everything we have achieved, including helping to change Smoke Alarm Legislation in 2016, to help make Qlders safer, the Santa Run, and all the families that we helped through fires and floods.
“To everyone and every business that supported LHFSN, we thank you and couldn’t have survived as long as we did without your support.
“We hope that we made a difference and helped educate the greater community in home fire safety.”