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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    New combined QFES training complex - and vital equipment - for North Queensland

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    New combined QFES training complex - and vital equipment - for North Queensland

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Saturday) opened Townsville’s new Northern Training and Operations Support Complex – and handed over appliances and equipment worth more than $390,000.

    “The new facility and equipment delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to ensure Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) continues to deliver its world class service to growing communities right across the state,” Mr Crawford said.

    “These new resources will bolster QFES’ operational capability, and ensure the northern region is well-served for years to come.”

    Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Rural Fire Service (RFS), and State Emergency Service (SES) personnel would use the complex – which has undergone a $150,000 fit-out – for training and deployment purposes.

    “We see more than our fair share of natural disasters and emergencies in north Queensland, and this facility will allow staff and volunteers to boost their skills when preparing and responding to these situations,” she said.

    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said the complex would enable emergency services personnel to “better integrate and collaborate” during emergencies.

    “The facility has been modified to ensure first responders can deliver a high standard of service to Northern Region communities through the provision of appropriate and critical infrastructure,” he said.

    Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said QFES personnel would also benefit from the two RFS appliances and SES equipment handed over today.

    “North Queenslanders deserve access to essential services, and workers in these frontline services deserve quality facilities,” he said. “As QFES grows with the community, it’s important personnel are supported with appropriate resources.”

    The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter appliances – each worth $185,000 – were presented to the Millaroo Dalberg and Round Mountain Rural Fire Brigades and a storm damage trailer was handed over to Bluewater SES group.

    QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the appliances, funded under the RFS Accelerated Fleet program, would allow the Rural Fire Brigades to carry more equipment.

    “The storm damage trailer, which has a fully enclosed pantech canopy and tandem axle worth more than $22,000, is funded through QFES’ Major Equipment program.

    “I’m confident this equipment will be a great addition to the Northern Region to better equip RFS and SES volunteers to provide crucial services when emergencies and natural disasters strike,” Ms Carroll said.

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