The $2.3 million Rathdowney Fire Station is officially open, increasing firefighting capacity in one of our state’s most bushfire-affected communities.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the Fire and Rescue and Rural Fire Services would share the new facility, allowing them to work together to serve the local community.
“The Scenic Rim is no stranger to bushfire disaster, with the scars from the 2019 season still visible,” Mr Crawford said.
“While the area suffered the devastating loss of homes and the iconic Binna Burra Lodge, the selfless acts of our staff and volunteers meant no lives were lost.
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the incredible commitment of our firefighting staff and volunteers, which is why we have invested $2.3 million to construct this new fire station.
“Our firefighters have shown they are always ready to respond when disaster strikes, and this new facility will help them do this important work.”
Local State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers also received a new trailer to support preparation, response and recovery efforts.
Minister Crawford said the SES played an essential role in local operations.
“SES volunteers answer a range of calls for help, and now switch their focus from bushfires to severe weather operations,” he said.
“Mount Tamborine experienced flooding two weeks ago, so the prevision of this new trailer to the Mount Tamborine SES Group is a timely addition to support their response.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh said the firefighters and volunteers would put the new station and equipment to good use during the current severe weather season.
“The new Rathdowney Fire Station provides more space and modern training and office facilities to support firefighting,” Mr Walsh said.
“The new SES trailer will allow SES volunteers to transport equipment such as tarps, ropes, ladders and sandbags, making sure they have everything they need to keep people safe.
“This new fire station and SES trailer will not only help our volunteers, but the Queenslanders they work every day to protect.”