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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    South Eastern Region receives new firefighting appliances worth more than $1.25 million

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    South Eastern Region receives new firefighting appliances worth more than $1.25 million

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford will today (Tuesday) officially hand over Type 2 Compressed Air Foam appliances - each worth more than $565,000 - to the Tamborine Mountain and Beaudesert Fire and Rescue Stations.

    Mr Crawford said the two firefighting appliances – each fitted with an additional $60,000 worth of road crash rescue and recovery equipment – were great assets for the South Eastern Region.

    “The Palaszczuk Government – and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) ­– is delivering on its commitment to community safety, so it’s vital frontline firefighters and volunteers have access to state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure,” Mr Crawford said.

    “Our record $702 million 2018-19 QFES Budget will invest $44.3 million for 180 new urban and rural fire appliances this financial year – 61 new Fire and Rescue vehicles and another 119 for the Rural Fire Service.

    “These resources will allow different appliances and crews to better work together when responding to incidents such as road crash rescues, wildfires and structural fires.

    “The new appliances to be handed over today are fitted with extra equipment including advanced Road Crash Rescue (Jaws of Life) and thermal imaging cameras and will be excellent additions to the Tamborine Mountain and Beaudesert Fire and Rescue Stations.”

    QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said the new appliances would be “an asset when attending to the needs of the community when disasters strike”.

    Mr Roach said the appliances “will also increase safety for our firefighters”.

    “As firefighters, you are often faced with distressing situations, and knowing you have the right equipment to do your job efficiently is vitally important,” Mr Roche said.

    The Tamborine Mountain Fire and Rescue Station services an area from Clagiraba to Wongawallan, and in the past financial year, responded to 241 incidents – 148 as first responder.

    The Beaudesert Fire and Rescue Station services an area from Josephville to Gleneagle to Mundoolun, and in the past financial year responded to 319 incidents – 209 as first responder.

    The South Eastern Region – including the Tamborine Mountain and Beaudesert Fire and Rescue Stations – regularly engage with the community on fire safety awareness.

    They do this through fire education at schools and childcare centres, adult community education, building fire safety inspections, Safehome inspections and evacuation education in aged care facilities.

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