NEARLY READY: The new Ripley Fire and Rescue Station on Ripley Rd near the Cunningham Hwy overpass nears completion.
NEARLY READY: The new Ripley Fire and Rescue Station on Ripley Rd near the Cunningham Hwy overpass nears completion. David Nielsen

In emergency: fire stations in every direction

THE new fire station at Ripley will be officially opened by the end of this month, a spokesperson for Minister Jack Dempsey said yesterday.

Construction of the major new station, to replace the existing Ipswich headquarters in Limestone St, began last September.

It will run 24 hours a day and house 40 staff, two urban fire trucks, a zone command office and accommodation for urban and rural crews.

It has been planned to service the massive growth expected in Ripley but the new facility is part of a much wider strategy that will effectively result in Ipswich being surrounded by fire stations.

A date for the opening hasn't been set but a spokeswoman for Mr Dempsey said it would be before the end of June.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Ipswich Inspector Dave Hermann said the addition of another station at Brassall, combined with existing stations at Bundamba, Camira and Karana Downs, should improve response times regardless of where the emergency happened.

"Ipswich will be surrounded from the north, south, east and west," Insp Hermann said. "The total number of firefighters across the Ipswich region will increase from 96 to 115 once Brassall comes on line."

The Ripley fire station is on Ripley Rd, just south of the Cunningham Hwy overpass. Staff at Ipswich were yesterday starting to move out in preparation for moving to Ripley.

A QFRS spokeswoman said the Ipswich fire station would be put on the market and offered to the Government Land Register.

If it is not bought through the register it will advertised on the public market.



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