Gold Coast firefighters will be better-equipped to respond to challenging technical rescue emergencies with the opening of a new training facility at the Nerang Fire and Rescue Station.
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the new $280,000 technical training facility would boost the capability of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ technical rescue specialists in the region.
“This facility is purpose built to ensure members of our technical rescue team receive the best quality training possible,” Mr Ryan said.
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“Through use of this facility they will be better-equipped to respond to a wide range of technical rescue situations including vertical rescues, confined space rescues, trench rescues, urban search rescues and swiftwater rescues.”
The building has a multi-purpose training tower allowing firefighters to train on ladder drills, confined space and high angle rescues and can be used for aerial appliance training and assessments.
Chief Superintendent, Director Regional Operations for South Eastern Region David Hermann said Nerang Fire and Rescue Station was a designated technical rescue base with trained personnel using a specialist fire truck and equipment.
“The Nerang Fire and Rescue Station has responded to about 600 incidents last financial year,” Mr Hermann said.
“This busy crew are often called on to provide their skills and expertise when responding to technical rescues, road crash rescues, grass and wild fires, and structural fires.
“The opening of this new facility means our crews are well-placed to continue providing these lifesaving services for their communities.”