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The Port Douglas Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) Station has received a welcome boost with the announcement of four new firefighter positions.

The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, said these additions will bring to five the total number of full-time firefighters at the station, allowing it to expand to a five-day permanent day shift model with additional support from local auxiliaries.

“This station previously operated with one permanent station officer and auxiliary firefighters.

“We need to fortify ourselves against the impacts Mother Nature increasingly has on our economy, environment, and community.

“We do this through planning and resourcing and increasing firefighter numbers is a large part of that,” she said.

This announcement follows the Queensland Government’s commitment to increase firefighter numbers across the state.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said the frontline’s newest additions would be stationed at communities hardest hit by bushfires.

“These increases in permanent firefighter numbers will ensure we have the required resourcing to support these growing local communities and the number of operations in their area,” Mr Crawford said.

“We made a commitment before the last election to deliver 100 new Fire and Rescue firefighters and we are on track to do just that.

“Ninety-one roles have now been allocated and the remaining nine roles will be allocated to identified stations by June.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Greg Leach said Auxiliary firefighters would continue to play an important role in their local communities.

The allocated permanent roles are expected to be on shift in the identified communities no later than November 2020.   


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