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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Sixty-two new firefighters to hit the road in regional Queensland

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    Sixty-two new firefighters to hit the road in regional Queensland

    Regional centres will benefit from the Palaszczuk Government’s $29 million commitment to deliver 100 new firefighting jobs in Queensland, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Friday).

    Announcing where the first round of 62 new firefighters will be deployed under the “unprecedented” four-year commitment, Mr Crawford said areas north of Brisbane (Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast (Maryborough) and Bundaberg) would receive the largest influx of 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 our 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.

    “Twenty-one positions have been allocated to Bundaberg (12), Sunshine Coast (5), and Fraser Coast (Maryborough 4).

    “Another 20 new firefighters will be based in communities from Townsville to Cairns and west to Mount Isa – eight in Townsville, five in Cairns, three on the Tablelands, two in Innisfail and once each in Charters Towers and Mount Isa.

    “Central Queensland (Gladstone (10), Mackay (3) and Rockhampton (3)) will welcome 16 additional firefighters, and five new positions will be funded in the South-Western (Toowoomba) region.

    “These additional resources will ensure communities are protected, and fire and emergency services can continue their world-class work,” 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 would also deliver on another election promise by funding an additional 12 fire communications officers – on top of the 100 new recruits – at yet-to-be-confirmed locations.

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

    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 – a total of 24 in the South Western (12), South Eastern (6) and Brisbane Regions (6); nine in the Central Queensland Region; a total of eight in the Northern (6) and Far Northern Regions (2), and three in the North Coast Region.

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

    “A total of 27 were deployed in the South Western (11) and South Eastern Regions (16); 19 in the North Coast Region, nine in the Northern (2) and Far Northern Regions, and seven in the Central Region.

    “Twelve new QFES facilities were also completed last financial year, including those opened at Charleville ($3 million); Bundamba ($7.8 million); Mackay ($7.2 million) and Bundaberg ($5.1 million).

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

    QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new recruits would bolster operational capability and ensure QFES could continue its high level of service delivery to the community

    “We have looked closely at QFES operations across Queensland and identified these regional centres as areas of growth that would benefit from additional personnel,” Ms Carroll said.

    “Our firefighters do a fantastic job, and it’s great to see additional resources allocated to protecting the community.”

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