Queensland commits to upgraded comms, mobility

By Jonathan Nally
Wednesday, 13 June, 2018

Queensland commits to upgraded comms, mobility

The Queensland Government has committed to continuing the deployment of upgraded communications and mobility technology for first responders.

“This government knows Queensland sees more than its fair share of natural disasters and emergencies,” said Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford.

“That’s why we need to ensure our emergency services have everything they need to serve the community when they need help most.”

The state government is outlaying a total of $702 million for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) in 2018–19.

That figure includes $29.5 million over four years to employ 100 more frontline firefighters and 12 extra fire communications officers.

Another $82.3 million will be invested in 2018–19 into fire and emergency services facilities, vehicles, information and communications systems, and equipment.

“Cairns and Rockhampton will receive almost $3 million worth of upgrades to their communication centres in 2018–19, boosting the ability of the regions to respond to life-threatening incidents,” the Minister said.

“Community safety is also a priority in Weipa, with $400,000 allocated next financial year for the commencement of a $1.2 million Emergency and Disaster Centre,” he added.

And in a $5.9 million investment over three years, the state government will continue the deployment of 1400 Qlite mobile tablet devices, giving police enhanced mobility and rapid response capability.

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