Firies are fine, says Gallant
GLADSTONE firefighters are not understaffed, according to Queensland Fire and Rescue Service assistant commissioner Neil Gallant.
Mr Gallant said yesterday staffing levels in Gladstone met the national standards and Gladstone Station had sufficient officers available to respond to emergencies.
"Gladstone Station currently has 21 rostered firefighters, which meets the recommended staffing level for stand-alone fire stations in Queensland," he said.
"In fact, on weekdays there is an additional two officers who are also available for emergency response.
"Furthermore, this station has an additional station officer allocated to maintain staff levels when officers take annual leave."
His statement was further supported by emergency services minister Neil Roberts.
"While staffing and the allocation of resources are operational matters for the Fire Commissioner, I am advised the current staffing allocation at the Gladstone Fire and Rescue Station is deemed appropriate," Mr Roberts said.
"I am advised there are 21 rostered staff at the station. The permanent staff are supported during business hours by support officers who are available for emergency responses as well as 11 firefighters from the auxiliary fire brigade attached to the station. The Fire Commissioner and his senior executive continue to monitor calls to ensure the appropriate allocation of staffing and resources."
Mr Gallant said demand for fire and rescue services in the area was being met by the current staffing levels.
"QFRS currently responds to approximately two incidents per day from this station and the overall incident numbers show there is no need to increase staffing at this time," he said.
"QFRS is aware that Gladstone is going through a growth phase and we will continue to closely monitor the workload of staff and the demands of the community."
With regards to industrial sites in the area, Mr Gallant said QFRS worked with companies to ensure their safety practices and response strategies met standards.
In an interview with The Observer on Wednesday, Mr Gallant said Gladstone had a number of large chemical facilities, but that did not directly translate into an increase in emergency calls.
Gladstone fire station
- Has a full 24-hour crew
- Is supported by auxiliary forces from Gladstone, Agnes Water, Calliope and Boyne Island
- Has eight vehicles