[singlepic id=242 w=320 h=240 float=left]Community safety was boosted today when two new fire and rescue vehicles worth around $160,000 were handed over to staff at the Gordonvale and Atherton Fire Stations.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the new 4×4 light response vehicles were a welcome addition to fire and rescue services in the community.

“I’m delighted to deliver these new vehicles today, reaffirming the Bligh Government’s commitment to supporting our hardworking men and women in the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service,” Mr Pitt said.

“The new light response 4×4 vehicles are fully equipped with a slip on firefighting unit and is an extra line of defence when responding to bushfire incidents in difficult to access terrain.

“One vehicle will be based here at the Gordonvale Fire Station and the second 4×4 light response vehicle will be based at Atherton and will also be used where needed across Far North Queensland.

“Both of these vehicles will be of great benefit to local fire stations in providing quality service to the urban and rural communities in the surrounding areas.”

Mr Pitt said the Gordonvale Fire Station responded to 110 incidents in the 2009-10 financial year and another 12 already this financial year.

“The station provides fire and rescue response services to the residential and commercial areas of Gordonvale and surrounds, the Gillies Highway, Bruce Highway, Aloomba and operational areas,” Mr Pitt said.

“The majority of calls made to the station involve urban and rural structural and bush fire incidents so there’s no doubt the new 4×4 will be a valuable resource for the area.

“With bushfire season almost upon us these vehicles are an important step in ensuring our fire services are adequately equipped to respond to incidents and keep the community safe.”

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