Specially trained firefighters to be deployed to emergencies in helicopters during the Games

SPECIALLY trained emergency service workers will be deployed to incidents across the Gold Coast in helicopters during the Commonwealth Games.

Thirty-five firefighters and State Emergency Service volunteers are undergoing intense Integrated Emergency Response Capability training for the event.

They’ll be based at an airfield in the Gold Coast hinterland during the Games and will be deployed to emergencies across the city in helicopters.


Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford visited the QFES aircraft hangar at Archerfield in Brisbane on Sunday to watch the ready-reaction team in action.

Mr Crawford said the team would be choppered in to deal with a wide-range incidents, including traffic accidents, and would help prevent further issues from developing.

“They will be working with specialised sets of equipment which can be assembled quickly,” He said.

The team is made up of firefighters from both the Fire and Rescue Service and the Rural Fire Service, of which 12 have been accredited in Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) for emergency response.

Apart from the additional training, Mr Crawford said QFES’ air capability will also be considerably enhanced during the Games.

He said two helicopters will be based in the Gold Coast hinterland for the full deployment period from April 4 to April 15.

“Every day, two pilots, six USAR, two aviation support crew and an air observer will be deployed to observe and assist across the Gold Coast and surrounds,” he said.

In total, Mr Crawford said more than 850 QFES personnel will be deployed during the Commonwealth Games.