Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Tuesday) handed over a new state-of-the-art appliance worth more than $530,000 to crews at the Burnett Heads Fire and Rescue Station.
Mr Crawford also awarded a National Medal to Bargara Fire and Rescue Station Auxiliary firefighter Scott Hunter.
“The National Medal recognises the long and diligent service by a QFES member, and it was an honour to be part of today’s ceremony recognising Scott Hunter’s exceptional efforts,” Mr Crawford said.
“In a long-standing commitment, he has dedicated 15 years of continuous service to helping protect his local community.”
Mr Crawford said the Burnett Heads Fire and Rescue Station’s new Type 2 Isuzu appliance was provided under the government’s Capital Fleet Funding.
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises regional communities across the state are growing, and it is important we continue supporting our fire and emergency services personnel and volunteers as they go about their important work of keeping Queenslanders safe,” Mr Crawford said.
“The station’s new appliance is fitted with the latest compressed air foam system (CAFS), an efficient high energy system used to battle fires, while increasing safety for our firefighters.
“The vehicle has also been fitted with the latest Core Road Crash Rescue (RCR) equipment, which is lighter and more powerful than older generation tools.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said the Burnett Heads Fire and Rescue Station, which had been operating since 2007, serviced an area from the Port Road to the south towards the Bundaberg city and aligned with Bargara Fire Station to the south east.
“This new vehicle will help to service the community and surrounding areas when responding to road crash rescues, grass and wild fires and structural fires,” Mr Roche said.