Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford were in Maranoa this week with an announcement of one hundred new Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) staff and more than 60 new Fire and Rescue appliances to be rolled out across Queensland.
South Western Region will receive 12 of those fire and emergency appliances, Far Northern Region receives 10, North Coast Region – 9, South Eastern Region – 8, Central Region – 6, Northern Region – 1 and Brisbane Region – 15.
The locations of the other Rural appliances are yet to be announced. the Premier says ambos and firies are on the frontline everyday saving lives.
Health Minister Steven Miles says the new QAS staff will be distributed across operational areas across Queensland where the highest demand had been identified and will include:
- station upgrades at Kuranda, Charters Towers, Childers, Clifton, Tewantin, Rosewood, Woodford, Dunwich, Beaudesert, Gracemere and Emu Park;
- 17 paramedics and an Officer-in-Charge (OIC) for a new 24-hour station at Pimpama;
- Indigenous Cadet positions for Kuranda and Dunwich;
- additional clinical support officer positions in the Wide Bay, Darling Downs, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, West Moreton, Metro North, Metro South and Gold Coast LASNs;
- additional clinical deployment supervisor positions in the Brisbane and Southport Operation Centres;
- the appointment of a mental health coordinator and another senior pharmacist; and
- additional OIC support positions for Toowoomba, Beenleigh, Southport and Ipswich.
“The additional 100 ambulance officers will soon take up their new jobs right across Queensland communities to help keep up with increasing demand from our growing and ageing population.”