Prenzlau's new station

THE Prenzlau Rural Fire Brigade has welcomed in its new station at the official opening on Sunday.

Member for Ipswich West, Wayne Wendt, welcomed the official opening of the Prenzlau Rural Fire Brigade Station as a boost for community safety in the region.

Mr Wendt said the new station would play an important role in keeping local residents safe and secure this season.

“This new $150,000 station is a significant investment in fire safety for the region and will be crewed by the 57 members of Prenzlau Rural Fire Brigade,” Mr Wendt said.

“It features an office area, training room, storage space and amenities, and has room to house the brigade's vehicles.

“It also provides brigade members with a central location to hold meetings, undertake training and store equipment.

“It's great to have extra fire safety infrastructure up and running in our local community as we approach the beginning of the bushfire season in Queensland.”

While opening the station, Mr Wendt also presented Roger Dennis with the National Medal to reward his 30 years of Service with the Rural Fire Service.

“Mr Dennis has been a member of the Lowood RFB until that brigade amalgamated with Prenzlau RFB at the end of last year.

“Mr Dennis also holds the position of Lowood District Fire Warden, which he has performed since 2003,” Mr Wendt said.

“The National Medal recognises long service and the efforts of staff who dedicate themselves to protecting life and property in their community, at risk to their own safety.

“Roger is a great community hero and I want to thank him for all his service to local residents over the past 30 years.”

Mr Wendt said the State Government took its emergency services responsibilities seriously and this was reflected in the 2010 State Budget - which saw the QFRS annual Budget rise by nearly $35 million to around $468 million

“This includes funding for new or replacement fire stations all over the state, as well as dozens of new vehicles and improved equipment,” he said.

“We also have funded positions for another 24 firefighters, meaning more frontline officers on the ground where they are needed.

“We've also invested in initiatives like the Department of Community Safety's Prepare.Act.Survive campaign which aims to educate Queenslanders about the risks associated with bushfires and the proactive steps they should be taking to prepare themselves for upcoming season.”

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