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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    New $1.7 million QFES facility taking shape at Rathdowney

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Monday, July 23, 2018

    New $1.7 million QFES facility taking shape at Rathdowney

    The Rathdowney community is set to benefit from a new $1.7 million Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) facility housing Rural Fire and Auxiliary Fire and Rescue crews.

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Monday) confirmed an initial design of the facility, which will be built on Running Creek Road, was underway.

    “Funding for the project was announced in the Palaszczuk Government’s record $702 million QFES 2018-2019 budget, and we expect construction of the facility will begin before the end of the year,” Mr Crawford said.

    “The station will provide a permanent home for the Rathdowney Rural Fire Brigade and a new facility for Auxiliary Fire and Rescue crews.

    “The facility reinforces this government’s commitment to invest in our growing regional communities – ensuring our emergency services are equipped to provide the best possible service to Queenslanders.

    “The Palaszczuk Government allocated $7.6 million in 2018-19 to the commencement and delivery of new auxiliary Fire and Rescue stations not only in Rathdowney, but also Childers, Richmond, El Arish, Esk, Gracemere, Kilkivan, Wooroolin and Yarraman.

    “It’s imperative QFES grows with the community so it can continue delivering excellent service to those they serve, and this commitment will enhance operational capability right across the state,” he said.

    Mr Crawford said the construction contract for the Rathdowney project was due to go to tender later this year.

    “We’re anticipating crews could be operational from this facility by mid-2019, which is a big win for the Rathdowney community,” he said.

    QFES Assistant Commissioner Neil Reid said the facility would be a great asset for both rural and auxiliary crews, who responded to a wide range of incidents.

    “Rathdowney firefighters – both rural and auxiliary - are regularly called on to attend bushfires, structure fires, and road traffic crashes,” he said.

    “In many instances both Rural Fire and Fire and Rescue crews are required to attend the same incident so having a joint facility will boost our capability to keep locals safe and meet the needs of a growing community.”

    The existing Rathdowney Auxiliary Fire and Rescue station will remain operational until works are completed at the new station.

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