OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Fire services personnel welcome a new Charleville station worth $3 million on Saturday.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Fire services personnel welcome a new Charleville station worth $3 million on Saturday. Contributed

Firefighters equipped to respond

FIRE and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford officially opened Charleville's new $3 million Fire and Emergency Services facility at the weekend.

The opening also included the handing over of a new $540,000 appliance.

Mr Crawford said the Palaszczuk Government boost to the region also included an additional $1.2 million to refurbish the old station and area office.

"The $3 million joint-facility will service Charleville's Fire and Rescue Service and Rural Fire Brigade, and demonstrates the Palaszczuk Government's commitment to the region,” he said.

"The facility provides enhanced services to Charleville and surrounding areas, and includes a four-bay engine room, four storage sheds and a training room.

"The $1.2 million to be invested to refurbish the old Charleville Fire and Rescue Station and area office will include an incident control centre and public conference room.

"Work is expected to be completed this November, and having these new facilities means the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) workforce can respond to emergencies confidently and safely.”

Mr Crawford said Charleville's new $540,000 compressed air foam system type two fire truck was fitted with state-of-the-art technology.

Area Commander Archie Andrews said the new station and appliance would enable a more efficient crew.

"This new fire station we hope will enable us to have a full complement of staff, meaning we have more than one crew of staff to support the region,” he said.

"The new fire appliance is fantastic and will allow crew to have maximum effect with the amount of water they carry on the truck.

Mr Crawford said: "It's equipped with the latest road crash rescue and recovery equipment, along with enhanced energy-efficient emergency lighting and a thermal imaging camera.”

A medal ceremony also took place, recognising the exceptional commitment and dedication of QFES members.

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said recipients had demonstrated ethical and diligent service to the department.


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