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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick
    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    $7 million Bundaberg fire and emergency services facility gears up

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    $7 million Bundaberg fire and emergency services facility gears up

    Bundaberg residents will soon benefit from a new fully-equipped $7 million Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) facility.

    The emergency services hub will be co-located with a new Queensland Ambulance Service station and is expected to be fully operational later this year.

    With bushfire season ramping up in recent weeks, rural fire brigades from Burnett Heads, Branyan and Coonarr have also received a timely boost with the delivery of three new fire trucks worth $586,000. Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the emergency services hub is a win for the local community replacing the old Fire and Rescue Station and Ambulance Station damaged by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in January 2013.

    “The co-located facility will be a training base and operational headquarters for local ambulance, fire and emergency services crews,” Minister Ryan said.

    “This modern centre will be able to host multi-agency training for crews from the Fire and Rescue Service, Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and Queensland Ambulance Service.

    “The new station will also have a training facility to assist with road crash rescue, technical rescue, breathing apparatus and recruit training and can be used by firefighters from surrounding stations.

    “This co-located facility reaffirms the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to our hard working emergency services and their role in keeping Queenslanders safe.”

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the new joint-facility was expected to improve Queensland Ambulance Service response times in the Bundaberg region.

    “When selecting a site for the new station it was paramount it be located in a flood-free zone and this location ticks that box,” Mr Dick said.

    “It’s expected paramedics from Bundaberg South Ambulance Station will respond to around 360 cases per month.

    Mr Dick said there will be four Mercedes Sprinter ambulances, two four-wheel drive ambulances and two emergency response vehicles based at the new facility, where 16 paramedics will operate from as well as a QAS officer-in-charge, two clinical support officers and four flight paramedics who will re-locate from Bundaberg Ambulance Station.

    “Most importantly there is room to expand, and the site provides the space to operate a coordination centre during emergency events or natural disasters and house the extra resources that may be required during those type of emergencies.

    “This station demonstrates our government’s commitment to providing quality health facilities to serve our communities wherever they are, and to ensure these communities are cared for by top frontline staff close to their homes.”

    QFES Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said as crews settle in to the new facility, they will be better-equipped to support the people of Bundaberg and the surrounding area.

    “Firefighters based at this station have been protecting the community for more than 66 years and have battled many fires, floods and other emergencies including ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

    “The Bundaberg Fire and Rescue Station responded to 987 incidents during 2015-16 and 968 incidents during 2016-17, attending structural and grass fires, motor vehicle accidents, technical rescues and chemical incidents.

    The station services the Bundaberg area in addition to supporting surrounding local stations.

    Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Rural Fire Service Gary McCormack said the new rural trucks will mean rural firefighters will be well placed to respond and continue providing essential services to meet the needs of the community.

    “Burnett Heads Brigade are taking receipt of a dual-cab Isuzu truck valued at $200,000 helping them to transport more firefighters and carry more water to incidents within the area and assist neighbouring brigades.

    “Branyan Brigade will also receive the keys to a single-cab Fuso truck valued at $186,000 replacing an older vehicle in their fleet.

    “Coonarr Rural Fire Brigade will receive the keys to a new single-cab Isuzu truck valued at $200,000 replacing an older truck in their fleet.

    “With these new trucks, the Burnett Heads, Branyan and Coonarr brigades can continue the important work of protecting their local communities,” Mr McCormack said.

     

    ENDS

    Media contacts:

    Minister Ryan’s office:                    07 3035 8300

    Minister Dick’s office:                      0447 320 039