Fire, Rescue and Emergency services have a new home, following the completion of a new premises in Mount Isa.
The facility located on Helen Street was partially funded by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and has created a united facility for the State Emergency Service, Fire and Rescue Service and Rural Fire Service.
SES area controller, Gordon Graham, said the new facility allowed all services to work together and collaborate on jobs in Mount Isa.
"The response so far has been really good. We are all working together, including the volunteers working with permanent fire fighters in coordination to support the community in times of need," Mr Graham said.
"The project came about a few years ago when SES needed a new location. They were able to get partial funding to build a new facility, then the government came on board for QFES and provided a resource for the units and became a joint operational area for QFES, SES, Rural Fire Service and Disaster Management."
Mr Graham said the facility includes, admin, operations staff office, meeting room, training room, resources, kitchen and amenities and three large sheds for each service.
"In our main office are the operations assistant management from each department in the same room," he said.
"We are also supporting volunteers here at the same location where before they were separate. Also when getting tasked to similar jobs, there is more cohesion all coming together and form one team.
"This is a big boost for the community, emergency services and volunteer services in the community."
QFES invested $3.4 million to upgrade the existing station to meet current and future demands and create efficiencies between all QFES operations.
"Mount Isa Fire and Rescue Service station was built in the 1950s and provided an exceptional service to local and surrounding communities for more than 60 years," A QFES spokesperson said.
"Fire and emergency response operations have changed significantly in this time, and it is important QFES plans for this.
"Work was completed on 30 September 2020 and the facility now has the capacity to accommodate additional equipment and vehicles, and FRS, Rural Fire Service (RFS) and State and Emergency Service (SES) operations.
"The ability to house all three arms of QFES in one location will encourage interoperability and ensure QFES can continue to provide an effective emergency and disaster response in the locality and its surrounds."
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