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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    New Fire and Rescue Station and SES equipment in $2.4 million boost for Far North

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Friday, August 03, 2018

    New Fire and Rescue Station and SES equipment in $2.4 million boost for Far North

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Friday) officially opened Smithfield’s new $2.38 million Fire and Rescue Station – as SES volunteers were bolstered by $70,000 in additional equipment.

    Mr Crawford welcomed the new station, which he said would accommodate population growth in his Barron River electorate.

    “I’ve opened new stations worth more than twenty-six million dollars as I’ve travelled around almost 60 electorates since becoming Minister, so it’s nice to finally perform the honours in my own backyard,” Mr Crawford said.

    “The new station, funded under the government’s Accelerated Works Program, has been built to meet current and future needs with its quality facilities, extra space and ample storage for equipment and supplies.

    “This facility will assist in servicing the area and the critical work of first responders for road crash rescues, vegetation and structural fires, alarm calls and requests for assistance.

    “It replaces the old Smithfield station built in 1980, ensuring our firefighters are well equipped to deliver a high standard of service to protect our communities.”

    Smithfield Fire and Rescue Station crews were first responders to 648 of the 793 incidents they attended during the 2017-18 financial year.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to ensuring Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has the personnel, infrastructure and equipment to deliver enhanced services and support,” Mr Crawford said.

    “We reaffirmed this commitment in this year’s record $702 million QFES Budget, and now we are delivering on our election promise to boost frontline services in regional areas.”

    QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll handed over a Swift Marine 4.6m flood boat and trailer worth more than $70,000 to the Trinity Beach SES Group at today’s ceremony.

    Ms Carroll said the equipment would be used during storm damage operations, and support SES crews to help communities during emergencies and natural disasters.

    “SES staff and volunteers provide vital support to communities through community education, flood boat operations, incident management, search, traffic management and storm response,” Ms Carroll said.

    “I am confident this new equipment – and Smithfield’s new station – will provide the best possible emergency service support to the people in the Far Northern Region well into the future, and will help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from a range of extreme weather events,” Ms Carroll said.

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