Bribie Island Fire Station receives new appliance

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander

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A small group of invited guests attended a ceremony at the Bribie Island Fire Station recently to mark the official handover of a new appliance by Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Craig Crawford. As well as senior QFES personnel, the guests included representatives from Queensland Ambulance, National Parks and Wildlife, Queensland Police and Bribie Station officers and crews.

Featured Image(above): Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford
handed the keys over to Station Officer Wayne Brown

On handing over the keys for the shiny appliance which is fitted with state of the art equipment, Mr Crawford told those present that this was the third appliance to be handed over on that day alone. He said that the Palaszczuk government and QFES is delivering on it’s commitment to community safety which will mean that vital frontline firefighters and volunteers have access to the most up-to-date equipment.

‘This vehicle will allow firefighters to have immediate access to new breathing apparatus and HAZMAT equipment as well as improved level road crash rescue capability,’ Mr Crawford explained. ‘We know that in an emergency, every minute counts, which is why this new vehicle has the capability of technical rescue along with command and control. The appliance has onboard water and foam supplies which means that it can deliver water and safe A Class foam at emergencies,’ he added.

Mr Crawford also said that the new vehicle was also fitted with Compressed Air Foam that can be propelled further than water and will stick to surfaces, suppressing oxygen, fuel and heat in order to deal with especially difficult situations. Following the handing over of the vehicle keys to Station Officer Wayne Brown, QFES Chaplain Major Lyn Cook performed the blessing of the appliance and all who are called to operate it.

Guests then enjoyed a selection of tasty snacks which were provided by ladies from the Lions Club of Bribie Island. Whilst I’m sure that most of us are aware of just how dedicated and caring QFES members are, anyone who was at Waterfront Place in Brisbane on Sunday, June 10 would have witnessed a first-hand example of their commitment when QFES personnel from throughout the area participated in the Climb for Cancer event.

Climb for Cancer has been described as the ultimate vertical challenge and it involved participants climbing the 850 steps to the very top with no break as a way to raise money for cancer research. Bribie Island Station Officer Wayne Brown was one of those who showed his outstanding level of grit and commitment to complete the challenge. Wayne told me that he raised $1,000 for his efforts.

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