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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    South Western Region to benefit from $11 million QFES funding boost

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Tuesday, July 03, 2018

    South Western Region to benefit from $11 million QFES funding boost

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Tuesday) announced community safety in the South Western Region will be bolstered under a QFES funding commitment of more than $11 million.

    Mr Crawford outlined Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ (QFES) investment in the region while opening Charlton’s new $750,000 Tactical Training Facility.

    He said $7 million had also 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.

    “These capital works projects deliver on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to enhancing community safety – a commitment reinforced in our record $702 million QFES Budget spend for 2018-19,” Mr Crawford said.

    Mr Crawford said the new Tactical Training Facility provided volunteers and emergency workers with state-of-the art resources.

    “The facility will assist firefighters to undertake training in technical rescue, vertical rescue, ladder drills, fire safety and search and rescue in smoke filed atmospheres.”

    Mr Crawford said 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.

    “Moving the Regional Headquarters to the one location will provide a single contact point for better integration of QFES to improve community service,” Mr Crawford said.

    “The new Fire and Rescue Station will enhance our firefighters’ operational capability to service the South West community when responding to road crash rescues, grass and wildfires and structural fires.

    “The proposed Fire Communications Centre will be a vital hub in the area to deliver exceptional support to frontline firefighters, and will ensure faster and more reliable responses to emergency calls.”

    QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new developments would secure “our fire and rescue capacity to keep pace with the growing needs of the community.

    “QFES personnel often put their lives at risk in service for our community and I am proud that we can support them in doing the great work they do,” Ms Carroll said.

    “Building new facilities means the community can feel at ease knowing our fire and emergency services are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

    “The redevelopment provides essential infrastructure and delivers on our commitment to enhance community safety across the state now and into the future,” she said.

    ENDS

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