$67.9m for QFES fleet renewal

By Jonathan Nally
Monday, 19 June, 2017

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Queensland’s firefighters will soon receive new, state-of-the-art vehicles under a two-year, $67.9 million fleet renewal program.

This year’s state Budget allocates $36.4 million for the project in 2017–18 and a further $31.5 million for the following financial year.

“This funding will be used to replace fire and rescue vehicles from the Queensland border to the far north, meaning firefighters will be better equipped to meet the challenges of their job head-on,” said the Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the funding would enable QFES to take advantage of new and emerging firefighting technology.

“Our vehicles are already fitted with range-topping equipment including road crash rescue tools, onboard water supplies and advanced navigation and communication systems,” she said.

“We now have the capability to bolster our fleet with the latest technological advances, ensuring our firefighters continue to have class-leading vehicles to call upon when keeping the community safe.”

Image courtesy QFES.

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