Tuesday, 31 March 2020
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$2.3m Rathdowney fire station officially opened

Rathdowney’s $2.3 million fire station was officially opened on Wednesday by Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford.

He said the facility would be shared between Fire and Rescue and the Rural Fire Service to better serve the local community.

“The Scenic Rim is no stranger to bushfire disaster, with the scars from the 2019 season still visible,” Mr Crawford said.

“While the area suffered the devastating loss of homes and the iconic Binna Burra Lodge, the selfless acts of our staff and volunteers meant no lives were lost.

“The Palaszczuk Government recognises the incredible commitment of our firefighting staff and volunteers, which is why we have invested $2.3 million to construct this new fire station.”

Mr Crawford said local firefighters had shown their willingness to respond when disaster strikes.

The local State Emergency Service were also given a new trailer to support preparation, response and recovery efforts.

“SES volunteers answer a range of calls for help, and now switch their focus from bushfires to severe weather operations,” he said.

“Mount Tamborine experienced flooding two weeks ago, so the provision of this new trailer to the Mount Tamborine SES Group is a timely addition to support their response.”