Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan
New Firefighting Vehicles Roll Out To Support Townsville
Victor P Taffa
Townsville’s firefighters now have additional specialist vehicles at their disposal to back up crews on the frontline and enhance their service to the local community.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan officially handed over a new mobile support truck and decontamination trailer today at South Townsville Fire and Rescue Station as part of a $1 Million commitment from the Palaszczuk Government.
Minister Ryan said the $996,000 mobile support truck was fitted with supplies and tools to replenish vital firefighting equipment, including breathing apparatus, at an incident, while the $85,000 trailer had bathrooms to decontaminate crews dealing with hazardous materials.
“These new units can be dispatched at a moment’s notice to support firefighters in the field and restock their equipment quickly and easily during protracted incidents.” Minister Ryan said.
“This means crews can focus their efforts on the job at hand, knowing they have extra resources to call upon if needed.”
Minister Ryan said the mobile support truck was a first for Townsville and came at an important time for the region.
“Townsville continues to increase in popularity as more people live and work in the region, so it is essential firefighters have the equipment they need to meet the demands of a growing population.” Minister Ryan said.
“The new vehicles will bolster the excellent work firefighters already do in the region and will ensure they continue to deliver a comprehensive fire and rescue service as Townsville grows.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new truck and trailer combination would improve operational efficiency.
“Previously, regional and rural firefighters could travel up to two hours to restock equipment after attending an incident.” Commissioner Carroll said.
“Now we can send the truck to where it is needed to support firefighters on the spot.”
Commissioner Carroll said both vehicles had a support radius of up to 450 km from their base to cover as wide an area as possible.
“This means that from Townsville to the far north and into central Queensland, we can provide the coverage communities need.” Commissioner Carroll said.
Commissioner Carroll said the truck would also make it quicker and easier to analyse potentially hazardous materials at the scene of an incident.
“The vehicle carries equipment for our scientific officers and can analyse chemicals within 30 minutes, whereas in the past samples had to be sent away under a process that could take several hours to receive a result.”
“The ability to test a substance on scene means firefighters can quickly determine the best course of action to take, potentially reducing the time affected people need to spend in decontamination and allowing them to resume their lives with minimal interruption.”
“This is a great result for Townsville’s firefighters and the community.” Commissioner Carroll said.