Ipswich's newest station improves firefighters' response
FROM Tuesday Ipswich firefighters will have access to state-of-the-art facilities when they make the long-awaited move into the new $3.6 million Bundamba Fire Station.
Almost two years in the making, firefighters will relocate equipment from their temporary station in Newtown into the new space.
A community open day was held at the Bundamba Station between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday - before it becomes operational on Tuesday.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Ipswich Area Commander, Inspector Aerron Patterson said the station would improve the capability of firefighters to respond to incidents.
A spare rescue truck at Ripley will also move to the new site, which is more central in the Ipswich region and provides better access to highways.
"In terms of response capacity for the rescue truck, it does enhance our response times dramatically," Inspector Patterson said.
The addition of a new heavy-rescue support vehicle for the station will also allow firefighters to respond to more heavy rigid incidents such as train crashes or truck crashes.
Operations Business Management manager Tyson Loetzsch said the new station would keep up with the growth of the region.
"It's providing infrastructure for 30 years - it's future-proofed," he said.
In the last financial year, 838 calls were made to the station - making it the sixth busiest in the region.
Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the "significant investment" would ensure "frontline fire and rescue services keep pace with the growing needs of the community".
"While the former Bundamba Fire and Rescue Station served the community well for more than 30 years, the new facility has been specifically designed to anticipate, and cater for future growth," he said.
The $3.6 million station features enhanced facilities, including an additional engine bay, storage for equipment, a training room plus improved staff work areas and amenities.
Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller thanked the community for its patience during the upgrade.