FIREFIGHTERS on the Gold Coast will be better equipped to respond to incidents during the 2018 Commonwealth Games following the official handover of two new all-terrain vehicles worth $69,000.
The new vehicles will seat two firefighters and carry life-saving firefighting equipment, including a 200-litre water tank, a firefighting pump, first aid supplies and fire extinguishers.
They’ll be based at the Commonwealth Games Village and Oxenford Studios during the Games, allowing firefighters to respond quickly to incidents in heavily crowded areas.
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QFES Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Response and Planning John Watson said crews would have improved capacity to respond to incidents during the Games.
“These vehicles will enhance our existing emergency response capability and help QFES protect the safety of athletes, spectators, workers and officials at the Commonwealth Games Village and Oxenford Studios,” Mr Watson said.
“All-terrain vehicles have been successfully used for emergency response at other major events and they will significantly boost QFES’ response capacity at GC2018.
“At the end of GC2018, the vehicles will be reallocated to emergency services in south east Queensland, ensuring they are used to protect the people of this region into the future.”