Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO sta­tions have been of­fi­cially opened and seven new ap­pli­ances, worth in ex­cess of $1.7 mil­lion, handed over in a boost to Gran­ite Belt fire­fight­ers.

Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Craig Craw­ford of­fi­cially opened the Wal­lan­garra and Ap­plethorpe Ru­ral Fire Sta­tions on Satur­day.

He also com­mis­sioned six new fire ap­pli­ances for the Stan­thorpe Group Brigades, cost­ing more than $1 mil­lion, as well as a $525,000 ap­pli­ance for Stan­thorpe’s Fire and Res­cue Sta­tion.

“It’s vi­tal to get the best equip­ment into the hands of our fire and emer­gency ser­vice work­ers and ru­ral brigades, so they can get on with the job of keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe,” Mr Craw­ford said.

“The Stan­thorpe group has a long his­tory, with some lo­cal brigades be­ing es­tab­lished more than 60 years ago.

“In the in­ter­ven­ing years, the Ru­ral Fire Brigades in­clud­ing Ap­plethorpe and Wal­lan­garra, have pro­vided a pri­mary re­sponse to many bush and grass fires.

“They also sup­port their col­leagues and com­mu­ni­ties over the bor­der in NSW when needed.”

Ap­plethorpe, Broad­wa­ter-Amiens and Sev­ern­lea West will each re­ceive a $200,000 sin­gle cab medium ap­pli­ance. Dalveen will re­ceive a dual cab medium ap­pli­ance, also worth $200,000, while the Stan­thorpe Group will re­ceive a $82,000 Ford Ranger Com­mand Ve­hi­cle. Wal­lan­garra RFB will take de­liv­ery of a $186,000 sin­gle cab Fuso Can­ter medium at­tack ve­hi­cle.


NEW RIDES: Hemmo de Vries and Ian Barn­den with Min­is­ter for Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Craig Craw­ford at the han­dover.

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