Firies to re­ceive sta­tion makeover

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Port Dou­glas and Moss­man fire sta­tions will soon re­ceive a long-awaited makeover thanks to the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment.

The Port Dou­glas fire sta­tion will ben­e­fit with a $50,000 up­grade while the Moss­man sta­tion re­ceives $150,000 for ren­o­va­tions.

The money will go to­wards giv­ing the sta­tions a fresh coat of paint, new air-con­di­tion­ers and re­fur­bish­ments.

The Port Dou­glas ren­o­va­tions in­clude re­pairs to the sta­tion’s drive­way and ex­tra con­crete for a road crash res­cue pad.

Shade cloth and con­crete in the sta­tion’s out­door area will also be re­placed and the sta­tion re­painted.

North­ern Com­mand in­spec­tor Rus­sell Matthews said the sta­tions are both in need of an up­grade which will hope­fully boost the morale of firies.

“We have been wait­ing for the fund­ing and this year it has be­come avail­able to us,” he said.

“The Moss­man Sta­tion is a lot older and is in need of an up­grade.

“The im­prove­ments in­clude a re­fur­bish­ment of the break­ing ap­pa­ra­tus room and sta­tion toi­lets as well as an up­grade to the sta­tion’s kitchen and air-con­di­tion­ers in the train­ing room.

“Hope­fully the up­grades will boost the fire­fight­ers’ morale by pro­vid­ing more mod­ern work­ing ar­eas.”

Cook MP Ja­son O’Brien said the im­prove­ments will en­sure lo­cal fire­fight­ers have first-rate base op­er­a­tions to pro­vide es­sen­tial ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Get­ting a facelift: Port Dou­glas firies Johnny Wil­son, Louie Leone and Scott Hen­der­son

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