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New fire station a credit to brigade

More than 12 months after it was announced, Member for Burdekin Dale Last has welcomed the official opening of the long-awaited Millaroo Rural Fire Station at the weekend. 

The new $1.8million home for the Millaroo’s rural firies has provided volunteers with an expanded space, new amenities and a training room for volunteers.

Mr Last said the new facility for the rural fire brigade was both a credit to the brigade volunteers and an achievement the community could pride itself on.

“For a number of years now the Millaroo Rural Fire Brigade has operated out of a limited facility that was not meeting the demands of the brigade so it’s fantastic to see this community receive a rural fire station it can be proud of,” Mr Last said.

“Ensuring our firies have resources on the ground as soon as possible during an emergency is the difference between whether property and lives are lost or not,  so it’s vital that our rural firies receive the investment they need to keep  communities like Millaroo, safe.”

While many front-line organisations have seen a decrease in volunteer numbers in recent years, Mr Last said the fact that Millaroo Rural Fire Brigade had managed to buck that trend with three new recruits was commendable.

“At a time when the number of our frontline volunteers in many areas have been left to dwindle, the fact that Millaroo Rural Fire has recently welcomed three new recruits is a credit to first officer Wayne Ferguson, Kate and the rest of the brigade.”

“I have no doubt that having a new training area will mean that not only are new volunteers able to learn the skills they need to fight fires but ensure further training opportunities are also available for current volunteers.”

“We know that when it comes to living in rural areas of our state there is added risks and whether it is bushfires, cyclones or floods it is our volunteers that answer the calls for help. No matter where they are in Queensland our front-line volunteers deserve to have facilities and equipment that will keep them and their communities safe.”

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