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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    $1.7 million fire-fighting boost for the Darling Downs

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    $1.7 million fire-fighting boost for the Darling Downs

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Saturday) opened two stations and officially handed over seven new appliances in a $1.7 million boost to firefighters on the Darling Downs.

    Mr Crawford officially opened the Wallangarra and Applethorpe Rural Fire stations, which each cost around $100,000.

    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 (RFBs) 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 New South Wales, when needed.”

    Mr Crawford said funding for the new Rural Fire buildings and appliances had come from a range of sources, including the Community Gaming Fund, local businesses and councils.

    He said the Applethorpe and Wallangarra stations will house three appliances, storage facilities and provide a location for volunteer training.

    Applethorpe, Broadwater-Amiens, 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.

    Assistant Commissioner Steve Smith said it was a great opportunity for the South West Region to show off the capabilities of its Rural Fire Service.

    Mr Smith said the new buildings and appliances would be a great help in managing and fighting fires in the area.

    “Our volunteer rural fire brigade work hard and often for long hours and anything that makes their jobs a bit easier is greatly appreciated,” he said.

    Mr Crawford said the new $525,000 Isuzu handed-over to Stanthorpe Fire and Rescue staff is fitted with enhanced firefighting operations along with the latest road crash rescue and recovery equipment.

    “This includes improved energy efficient emergency lighting, thermal imaging camera and a gas detection unit,” he said.

    “These enhancements provide better visibility and safety at emergency scenes as well as increasing the vehicle’s operational capabilities when responding to both fires and road crashes.

    “QFES delivers outstanding service to our communities and this professionalism is reflected in both their workers and the equipment they use,” Mr Crawford said.

    The Stanthorpe Fire and Rescue Station is an auxiliary station built in 1956 that services an area from Texas to Wallangarra to Braeside and across the border to the Mount Lindsay Highway.

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