Volunteer firefighters are now better-equipped to protect the Gladstone region after the opening of a new fire station and the handover of eight new fire trucks this past Saturday.
The new station and fire trucks will help Gladstone’s Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers greatly in continuing to deliver life-saving services. There are currently 40 dedicated volunteers in the Mt Larcom RFB and they are now better equipped to help protect their community with additional storage space for two fire trucks, volunteer amenities and catering facilities.
Mt Larcom RFB services an area of about 400 square kilometres and since July 2015, this busy brigade has provided primary response at 34 incidents and eight planned hazard reduction burns, as well as support to neighbouring areas when needed.
The $150,000 station was constructed by Shed Boss, with funding provided by QGC ($50,000), Queensland Fire and Emergency Services ($25,000), Aurizon ($17,000), the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland ($10,000) and the Gladstone AFL Mudcrabs ($6,500), alongside in-kind contributions worth $20,000 from the Gladstone Regional Council.