Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford
Palaszczuk Government Unveils $4.5 Million Firefighting Boost For Bundamba
Victor P Taffa
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Friday) officially opened the $3.64 Million Bundamba Fire and Rescue Station and immediately handed over a new $875,000 appliance for its fleet.
Minister Crawford said the additional resources confirmed the Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing commitment to “future proofing” the capacity of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) to keep pace with the needs of the region.
“New Bundamba Fire and Rescue Station have been built to service the growing Ipswich community.” Minister Crawford said.
“Bundamba is one of the busiest stations in South-East Queensland and the busiest in Ipswich and this trend is likely to continue.”
“Station will meet current, and future needs with its quality facilities, extra space for appliances and ample storage for equipment and supplies.” Minister Crawford said.
Minister Crawford said the new $875,000 Urban Rescue Tender (Lima) appliance was a welcome addition to the station and the region.
“This new rescue appliance is fitted with advanced road crash rescue and technical equipment, including a remote-control Inflatable Work Platform that will greatly improve the response times to swift water rescues for example.” Minister Crawford said.
“Other features include road crash rescue equipment (jaws of life) and a thermal imaging camera.”
“New Bundamba Fire Station has been a long time coming, and I thank the community for its patience during the building process.” Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said.
New fire station not only includes the usual fire equipment and fire appliances but also state of the art training facilities, and a room that may also be able to be used by community groups.
“Families who visited the Fire Station on the recent Open Day were in awe of the facilities provided to our firies, with many commenting on the kitchen, gym, sleeping quarters, and training rooms. It is a first-class facility.” Ms. Miller said.
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the new station and appliance will ensure firefighters respond in the quickest possible time while also providing a functional workplace.
“There are many times when our people are called on to put their lives on the line in service for our community.” Commissioner Carroll said.
“Having facilities such as this helps to build a team spirit and increase morale, which is vital for a productive workplace.”