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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    New firefighters set to hit the road in South Western Region (Toowoomba)

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    New firefighters set to hit the road in South Western Region (Toowoomba)

    Toowoomba is set to benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s $29 million commitment to deliver 100 new firefighting jobs, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Friday).

    Announcing where the first round of 62 new firefighters will be based under the “unprecedented” four-year commitment, Mr Crawford said Toowoomba would receive five recruits.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has the personnel, infrastructure and equipment to deliver enhanced services and support,” Mr Crawford said.

    “We reaffirmed this commitment to Queensland communities in this year’s record $702 million QFES Budget, and now we are delivering on our election promise to boost frontline services in these areas.

    “Regional centres across Queensland are continuing to grow, so it is only fitting more frontline firefighting staff are sent to these areas to meet future demand.

    “These additional resources will ensure the community is protected and fire and emergency services can continue to support their local communities,” he said.

    Mr Crawford said the allocation of the firefighting positions had been determined by QFES, based on operational priorities.

    “These additional firefighters will go a long way towards boosting frontline services and we will continue working with the QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll and stakeholders regarding the deployment of the remaining 38 recruits – to ensure QFES has the resources it needs to keep Queenslanders safe,” he said.

    Mr Crawford said the Palaszczuk Government was delivering on yet another election promise, by also funding an additional 12 fire communications officers at yet-to-be-confirmed locations.

    “Once again, the QFES Commissioner will determine where these officers will be best placed to serve Queensland communities.”

    Mr Crawford said the additional firefighters for the South Western Region were another positive announcement for the area, which will be boosted through a Palaszczuk Government Budget commitment of almost $11 million.

    He said $7 million had been allocated to build a Regional Headquarters and Fire Communications Centre, and $3.6 million for a Fire and Rescue Station – as part of a new South Western Region Fire and Emergency Services Complex.

    The new Regional Headquarters and Fire and Rescue Station are expected to be completed by mid-2020, with the Fire Communications Centre in the early stages of planning.

    On top of the new firefighters, Mr Crawford said QFES would be deploying 180 new urban and rural fire appliances (119 for the Rural Fire Service, and 61 for Fire and Rescue) across the state under a 2018-19 $44.3 million Budget commitment.

    “This will mean the Palaszczuk Government will have delivered more than 280 new QFES appliances over the past two financial years,” Mr Crawford said.

    “More than 100 new fire appliances were rolled out in the 2017-18 financial year under a $40 million Palaszczuk Government commitment to renew QFES’ fleet.

    “Forty-four appliances were delivered to Fire and Rescue Crews under the 2017-18 fleet renewal program – 12 in the South Western Region.

    “Sixty-two new appliances valued at almost $15 million were also delivered to the Rural Fire Service last financial year – 11 in the South Western Region.

    “Twelve new QFES facilities – including a $3m station for Charleville – were also completed last financial year.

    “This Government recognises communities across Queensland are growing and thriving, and it is imperative we continue to look forward to meet their needs, both now and into the future,” Mr Crawford said.

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