FIRE RESCUE: Acting Assistant Commissioner Darryl King, Dirranbandi Acting Captain Laura Easton, MP Craig Crawford and Acting Inspector Chris Martial at the official opening of the Dirranbandi Fire and Rescue Station.
FIRE RESCUE: Acting Assistant Commissioner Darryl King, Dirranbandi Acting Captain Laura Easton, MP Craig Crawford and Acting Inspector Chris Martial at the official opening of the Dirranbandi Fire and Rescue Station.

Fire and Rescue Station receives $700,000 upgrade

IN what started as a single-pump station in 1952, the Dirranbandi Fire and Rescue Station has received a $700,000 upgrade to be bigger and better than ever.

On Saturday, Minister for Fire and Emergency Service Craig Crawford and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Assisting Commissioner Darryl King officially opened the new station.

The upgrade now gives the team a larger engine bay, a dedicated turnout room, a dedicated breathing apparatus room, lunch room and duty office.

Official opening of the Dirranbandi Fire and Rescue Station.
Official opening of the Dirranbandi Fire and Rescue Station.

Acting Inspector Chris Martial said the transformation was fantastic and hugely beneficial to operations.

“We are extremely grateful for the $700,000 upgrade,” Insp Martial said.

“It helps the staff to be a lot more comfortable and to have the resources available to deliver emergency services in our region. It was a significant upgrade – The original fire and rescue station was built in 1952 and only had its first minor renovation in 2003.

“Securing the funding from the State Government in 2016 meant we were able to develop the site, purchasing additional land, joining the two blocks together and be fully operation in 2018.”

A Balonne Shire Council spokesman congratulated all involved in the project.

“It’s a great facility and offers a room for the community to use for meetings. A great asset to Dirranbandi,” the spokesman said.


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