Agnes Water wants fire brigade

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

MOVES are under way for Agnes Water to get its own fire brigade.

The rapidly growing area relies on the Miriam Vale urban brigade about 70 kilometres away in the case of a house fire.

Development company Mijo De-velopments is working with Member for Burnett Rob Messenger who is urging the state government to provide the Agnes Water/1770 area with its own brigade.

Mijo general manager Michael Robson said the company was offering to supply water to fight structural fires to any new bri-gade in the area from the resort swimming pool and holding tanks.

He said financial support was also being considered if the government funded the brigade.

Yesterday Mr Messenger confirmed discussions with Mr Robson about the need for an urban brigade for the area.

"There are multi-storey buildings and many houses there and this summer about 12,000 people are likely to arrive for the holiday period,'' Mr Messenger said.

He said he had taken the matter up with the government, so far without success.

Although the area has a rural fire brigade, it does not have the equipment nor the training to fight structural fires.

Minister for Emergency Services Chris Cummings said according to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, the size of the Agnes Water/1770 resident population was similar to other Queensland coastal communities, which were adequately serviced by rural fire brigades.



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