STATIONS will be upgraded, new equipment will be purchased and more fire trucks will be on the road across Queensland as a result of the 2014-15 State Budget for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the Government had a strong plan to support fire and emergency services with substantial funding.
As part of the 2014-15 Budget, $620 million is being provided to the state’s fire and emergency services.
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Mr Dempsey said the Newman Government was the first in Queensland to have provided more than half-a-billion dollars to fire and emergency services in the state.
“The Government is dedicated to revitalising frontline volunteer fire and emergency services, and we are doing that through empowering volunteers with a Deputy Commissioner, fully funding rural fire trucks and $2.7 million of funding for our SES volunteers,” Mr Demspey said.
“WE’re dedicated more than $7 million to funding the delivery and construction of new and replacement fire staations from Ingham in North Queensland to Burleigh on the Gold Coast.
Mr Dempsey said the 2014-15 Budget includes $23 million allocated to new and replacement urban and rural fire trucks which will mean better responses for those who require assistance.
Other provisions within the 2014-15 Budget include:
- $7.5 million for strategic land acquisitions and rural operations land purchases;
- $4.4 million for operational equipment including information technology equipment to improve building fire safety services;
- $31 million for minor works including safety equipment facilities at Cairns and Beaudesert, upgrades to Laidley and Crows Nest station, and a marine training facility in Cairns.