Benefit from $11m QFES funding boost
ON TUESDAY, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford announced community safety in the South Western Region will be bolstered under a QFES funding commitment of more than $11 million.
Mr Crawford outlined Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ (QFES) investment in the region while opening Charlton’s new $750,000 Tactical Training Facility.
“The facility will assist firefighters to undertake training in technical rescue, vertical rescue, ladder drills, fire safety and search and rescue in smoke filled atmospheres.”
A total of $7 million has also been allocated to build a Regional Headquarters and Fire Communications Centre, and $3.6 million for a Fire and Rescue Station – as part of a new South Western Region Fire and Emergency Services Complex.
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new developments would secure “our fire and rescue capacity to keep pace with the growing needs of the community”.
“QFES personnel often put their lives at risk in service for our community and I am proud that we can support them in doing the great work they do,” Ms Carroll said.
“Building new facilities means the community can feel at ease knowing our fire and emergency services are ready to respond at a moment’s notice.
“The redevelopment provides essential infrastructure and delivers on our commitment to enhance community safety across the state now and into the future.”