Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan
New Fire Station Builds Bright Future For Cairns Community
Victor P Taffa
Cairns community is set to benefit from the construction of a new, state-of-the-art fire station at Smithfield, with work set to commence early next year.
New Fire Station facilities will be located at Ainslie Place, Smithfield, replacing the existing Smithfield Fire and Rescue Station.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said the $3.8 Million project formed part of the Government’s $180 Million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program a key part of the State Infrastructure Plan announced earlier this year.
“The existing Smithfield Fire and Rescue Station was built in 1981 and has served Cairns residents well for decades, however, it no longer meets the needs of the crews and the community.” Minister Ryan said.
“This project is an important investment to ensure firefighters have the modern facilities they require to continue to provide a first-class fire and rescue response to the Cairns community.”
Minister Ryan said firefighters in the region responded to a wide variety of incidents.
“Cairns firefighters are regularly called on to attend structure fires, bushfires, swift water rescues, vertical rescues, chemical incidents and road traffic crashes.” Minister Ryan said.
“The purpose-built station will be equipped to service the growing Cairns area and support growing operational requirements.”
New Fire Station will include
- Additional training facilities,
- Ample storage space for equipment and supplies,
- Covered road crash rescue training pad,
- Office spaces
- Recreation room,
- Staff amenities,
- Two-bay engine room.
“This significant investment by the Palaszczuk Government demonstrates a commitment to ensuring our emergency services are properly equipped to effectively service their communities well into the future.” Minister Ryan said.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new facility would better meet the local workforce’s growing operational needs to service Cairns and surrounding areas.
“The new Smithfield Fire and Rescue Station is a vital project that will provide a modern and functional base from which our firefighters can continue to deliver the high standard of service the community expect.” Commissioner Carroll said.
“The facility will not only accommodate current service delivery requirements but has been designed to anticipate future growth for many years to come.”
Discussions are underway to determine the future of the existing Smithfield Fire and Rescue Station, which will be refurbished for other community use.
Existing Smithfield Fire and Rescue Station will remain operational until works are completed at the new station.