Ben­e­fit from $11m QFES fund­ing boost

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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.”

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