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Replacement fire station
on track at Mooloolah

by Cameron Outridge

A new Mercedes Sprinter 4 x 4 ambulance vehicle worth $140,000 was officially commissioned at a special ceremony at Maleny Ambulance Station last week. Emergency Services Minister Chris Cummins was joined by the Member for Glasshouse, Carolyn Male, at the ceremony.

The new vehicle is a customised Mercedes Sprinter van with an enhanced patient care compartment.  It has particular emphasis on paramedics’ safety and functionality so that an acutely ill patient can be treated using life saving techniques in a safe and comfortable environment.  Minister Cummins said that with the other four-wheel-drive Toyota at Maleny station, the Government has delivered about $250,000 in vehicles alone to the local area.

Alan Ross, Bill Gornall and John McLennan also received awards in recognition of their commitment to the Queensland Ambulance Service.  “Our greatest asset in the Queensland Department of Emergency Services is our wonderful people,” Mr Cummins said.  “I believe that it is vitally important to recognise long and faithful service, because it is the quality of our people that gives us a quality organisation.

“People who consistently provide quality service over a long period of time deserve our thanks and our recognition, and that is what the National medals are all about.

Following the presentations at Maleny, Minister Cummins and Ms Male also inspected the progress of construction of the replacement Auxiliary Fire Station at Mooloolah. Ms Male said the project was on track to meet the current and projected demand for auxiliary fire and rescue services in the Mooloolah area.

“The current fire station has served the area very well but no longer meets the needs of today’s fire and rescue service - the new station will meet the requirements of a 21st century service,” Ms Male said.  Mr Cummins said the new station will serve the area well, and it would hopefully be completed later this month.

“When completed it will have an onsite training area, as well as administrative accommodation and adequate storage for equipment.”

Rural fire vehicles
commissioned in Glasshouse

Eight Rural Fire Service vehicles were officially commissioned by Emergency Services Minister Chris Cummins and Member for Glasshouse Carolyn Male last week. Mr Cummins and Ms Male also honoured a long-serving volunteer with a National Medal. Minister Cummins and Ms Male officially handed over four Isuzu Medium Attack trucks, worth about $70,000 each at Landsborough Fire Station.

Wamuran, Riverlands, Peachester, and Glasshouse Rural Fire Brigade each received one of the vehicles, which were developed with extensive input from volunteer firefighters.  They then moved on to the Maleny Showgrounds where another four fire vehicles were also officially commissioned, and Obi Obi First Officer John Cutmore was presented with a National Medal.

  Maleny RFB volunteer Tony Stroud, Wayne Waltisbuhl of the Rural Fire Service, Chris Cummins, Ross Hopper and Carolyn Male with the Nissan Patrol Light Attack vehicle officially commissioned recently.

Maleny Rural Fire Brigade received both a medium attack truck and a Nissan Patrol light attack vehicle. Obi Obi also received a light attack vehicle, and Conondale officially commissioned the special built tanker that they received late last year.

“Rural fire brigades and the State’s 44,000- plus volunteer firefighters do a fantastic job and people all over Queensland should recognise their efforts.  We are glad that we can provide these new vehicles to help make their job just that little bit easier,” Mr Cummins said.

Member for Glasshouse Carolyn Male paid tribute to John Cutmore, who was presented with a National Medal for his service to the Rural Fire Brigade.  “John Cutmore was an inaugural member of the Obi Obi Brigade, and has been an officer for the past 27 years.  He’s served as First Officer, as well as Obi Obi district Fire Warden since 1990, and was a driving force in obtaining the brigade’s first appliance.  “John’s a great example of the tireless dedication of so many of our emergency service volunteers.”

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.