New QFES Wallumbilla Facility Opened By Minister

New QFES Wallumbilla Facility Opened By Minister

Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford

Fire And Emergency Services Minister Opens New QFES Facility Near Roma

Victor P Taffa

Emergency service workers in Queensland’s south-west will be better equipped to serve the community following the opening of a new $473,000 Joint Emergency Services facility.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford today (Saturday 24 February) officially opened the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) facility in Wallumbilla, near Roma.

Minister Crawford said it will house staff and volunteers from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State Emergency Service (SES).

“This new resource for Wallumbilla will greatly enhance capabilities for the RFS and SES to protect and assist the community in times of need.” Minister Crawford said.

“Construction began in May last year and was completed just four months later, with the facility becoming operational last month.”

 

Financial Contributions

  • $60,000 was made through a QFES capital grant,
  • $25,000 was made through a Rural Fire Service grant,
  • $35,000 was made through a Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

New facility is within the Roma Rural Fire Service Area, which consists of 154 brigades and more than 2600 volunteers. The Wallumbilla SES group has 22 active volunteers who last year dedicated 707 hours to their community.

“It’s an exciting time for the South West Region as the opening of this facility follows the opening of Roma’s $5.2 million Fire and Emergency Services complex in October last year.” Minister Crawford said.

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the Wallumbilla community spirit was inspiring as many residents and organisations contributed to the project.

“Maranoa Regional Council, local businesses and community groups donated money, time, goods and supplies to this facility.” Commissioner Carroll said.

“New facility will help RFS and SES to perform their crucial roles in supporting and protecting the community for many years to come.”

Minister Crawford said the day was also a celebration of QFES staff and volunteers who received clasps, medals and plaques for their service.

“16 members of the QFES workforce have today been recognised for their integrity, loyalty, professionalism and diligent service.” Minister Crawford said.

“At QFES, we pride ourselves on upholding these values and more, and the recipients today have certainly demonstrated these values in their work.” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We thank you for your valuable contributions to your community’s safety and wellbeing.”