New fire truck keeps us safe

Gympie fireys ben­e­fit from a $70m statewide pro­gram

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GYMPIE Fire Sta­tion has re­ceived a brand spank­ing new fire truck as part of the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s lat­est emer­gency ser­vices equip­ment grants.

The $537,000 Type 2 Isuzu truck, which joins an $18,000 SES trailer in Tin Can Bay as one of two ad­di­tions to the north coast re­gion crews, fea­tures a fire pumper fit­ted with a new com­pressed air foam sys­tem and up­dated core road crash res­cue equip­ment.

QFES Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent North Coast re­gion Michelle Young said the Gympie re­gion com­mu­nity could “feel at ease know­ing their lo­cal fire­fight­ers and SES vol­un­teers are welle­quipped and ready to as­sist”.

“Gympie is a grow­ing area and we need to keep up with tech­nol­ogy and ex­pan­sion, and this truck means we can re­spond and put out fires quicker,” Ms Young said.

“Fire­fight­ers don’t just put out fires.

“We’ve got new road crash res­cue equip­ment on here be­cause car tech­nol­ogy is get­ting smarter and we need to make sure we’re able to res­cue peo­ple from cars.

“It’s also con­sis­tent, so when a fire­fighter needs to go out to an­other sta­tion they’re not search­ing through lock­ers, they can find their equip­ment straight away and they know where it is.

“Sec­onds mat­ter when you’re in a fire, and that’s the difference... be­tween hav­ing equip­ment that’s 15 years old and equip­ment that’s brand new and works tremen­dously.

“We’ll al­ways get the job done, but the bet­ter equip­ment the faster and safer we can help some­one.”

Ms Young said the “er­gonom­i­cally de­signed” equip­ment would lessen the chance of in­jury for of­fi­cers on the fly.

Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Craig Craw­ford said the up­grades formed part of a $70 mil­lion pro­gram rolling out all across Queens­land’s re­gional and ru­ral fire brigades.

“We’re on a two-day road trip at the mo­ment hand­ing out a whole heap of gear and this is our first stop,” Mr Craw­ford said.

“I think the most im­por­tant thing is about mak­ing sure we can keep our fleet – par­tic­u­larly in re­gional ar­eas – as up to date and as ad­vanced as we can.

“It’s al­ways a chal­lenge. There’s over half a mil­lion dol­lars in one ve­hi­cle, which is no small ex­pense, but the gear that’s on the ve­hi­cle is state of the art.

“There are a lot of very happy brigades out there get­ting good gear.”

❝ Sec­onds mat­ter when you’re in a fire, and that’s the difference ... be­tween hav­ing equip­ment that’s 15 years old and equip­ment that’s brand new and works tremen­dously

— Michelle Young

PHO­TOS: RENEE AL­BRECHT

NEW TRUCK: QFES Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent of North Coast re­gion Michelle Young and Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Craig Craw­ford with of­fi­cer Grant Nel­son at the Gympie Fire Sta­tion.

Of­fi­cer Grant Nel­son, of the Gympie Fire Sta­tion, tries out the new fire truck.

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