Hundreds more firefighters for Queensland’s frontline

October 26, 2020

An extra 357 firefighters over the next five years will further strengthen Queensland’s frontline emergency response under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $86 million investment to significantly increase firefighter numbers would keep Queensland communities safe during disasters and emergencies.

“We’ve kept Queenslanders safe during the global coronavirus pandemic and now we’re continuing to invest in frontline services to continue to keep Queenslanders safe,” the Premier said.

“This extra support will give Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services the personnel and resources they need to respond where and when they’re called to action.

“Whether it’s fires, floods, cyclones, road crashes, chemical spills or swift water rescues, our firefighters put themselves in harms way for the good of Queensland.

“That’s why we’re supporting these brave frontline firefighters with more staff and the resources to match.

“We delivered the Large Aerial Tanker to provide better bushfire fighting resources like we said we would, and this is next step in making QFES even stronger.

“In stark contrast, the LNP is recklessly racing to a surplus in just four years and that means cuts to fund their promises.”

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said as Queensland’s population grows and urban areas expand, frontline services must keep pace.

“The 357 new firefighters will be in addition to the 100 firefighters and 12 communication officers brought into the service in the current term of Government,” Mr Crawford said.

“Most of these new positions will go to existing stations, which means more roster flexibility and more firefighters available to cover shifts when their colleagues are on deployment, training or leave.

“These additional resources will make sure QFES is best placed to continue to meet these benchmarks and keep the community safe.”