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Recall: Fire Brigade chargers a fire hazard

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Dan Nancarrow

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GPS units were among items found to be a fire hazard.

GPS units were among items found to be a fire hazard.

The Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland has been forced to recall thousands of electrical items due to concerns they may cause an electric shock or fire hazard.

The charity group issued the recall of the Chinese-made rechargeable torches and GPS units after a government inspector found that the charger on the products could pull apart and expose the wires, creating a fire risk.

The fire brigade called in the inspector to check the products after a customer noticed they did not carry an approval stamp.

The cost of recalling and replacing thousands of items from customers throughout the state is expected to leave the charity organisation heavily out of pocket.

Queensland is the only state or territory where the rural fire brigade is not funded by the state government.

Rural Fire Brigades Association acting chief executive officer Justin Choveaux said they had not received any reports of the products falling apart or catching fire.

But nonetheless, the association speedily called for a recall of the products.

"We want people to return them to us," he said.

"We've sourced legal charges which will be sending them out to all the customers who supply us with their non-complaint chargers."

The products were sold to volunteer crews and other residents through the association website and Gympie headquarters.

Anyone who has bought the products has been asked to immediately stop using the chargers and return them to the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland at 101A Mary Street, Gympie.

Contact Ruth Jennings on 07 5480 1351 between 8.30 am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or email support@rfbaq.org for a reply-paid envelope and to receive a replacement.

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