New Hazmat vehicle soon
SERVICES for firefighting in the Gladstone region are expanding in a number of ways, but not necessarily for the population boom that is looming.
While the latest round of fire-fighter recruits for Queensland did not include any for the Central Queensland area; Queensland Fire and Rescue Central Region Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said there were three undergoing the course earmarked for the Gladstone region and a further three from the next course.
Mr Gallant said while there was an expected population boom looming in the Gladstone region, determining expansion of services was not necessarily determined by population alone with call-out rates and types of call-outs also used.
“Places like Calliope and Miriam Vale, they’ve got auxiliary brigades (paid staff not permanently at station),” Mr Gallant said. “At this stage that (level) is fine.
“We are currently building a station at Agnes Water. It used to be a rural volunteer brigade, but because of the growth down there, that’s changed to paid auxiliary.”
Mr Gallant said the Gladstone area, which covered Agnes Water to Calliope and included Biloela, Moura, Theodore and Thangool, was about to be split into two.
He said Gladstone was also earmarked for a new, bigger, Hazmat vehicle, which would arrive later this year.
Mr Gallant said the new vehicle, which will replace one coming to the end of its life, would mean an incident management team could be operated from the vehicle for long-duration incidents such as wild fires.
He said Gladstone would be the first site in Queensland to get one.
Mr Gallant said there had been a lot of work done to upgrade radio communications in the region.
“We’ve put in several new repeater sites from Agnes Water to west of Calliope,” he said.