Agnes Water Auxiliary Fire Brigade captain Ian Birbeck (centre) with acting lieutenant Luke Cunningham and firefighter Jane Turner at the sight of the new station.
Agnes Water Auxiliary Fire Brigade captain Ian Birbeck (centre) with acting lieutenant Luke Cunningham and firefighter Jane Turner at the sight of the new station. Rob Black

A home for Agnes fire and rescue

AGNES Water fire and rescue personnel are all fired up about the news they’re getting a new home base.

Minister for Emergency Services Neil Roberts announced this week the $1.3 million project would be constructed on Round Hill Road in the town.

Agnes Waters QFRS captain Ian Birbeck was thrilled to hear the news for several reasons.

“We’re ecstatic to say the least,” Mr Birbeck said.

“The response time for us reduces by half from 12 minutes to six due to the new station being more central, and that’s critical for us.”

The crew will be moving out of the tin shed shared with the rural fire brigade, Mr Birbeck said, adding there is no signage at present to say the QFRS is stationed there.

“We’ve been operating in Agnes Water for some time and there are locals still don’t realise we are here,” Mr Birbeck said.

“I’d expect by Christmas we’ll be in there and operational.”

Mr Roberts said Queensland-based firm G & K Lawson Constructions had won the design and construction contract.

The new station will be a high-class facility with office, training and utility areas.



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