COMMISSIONER of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Katarina Carroll visited the Scenic Rim on March 1 to meet with local government officials and check in with local fire and rescue crews.
Representatives from regional and rural fire stations as well as State Emergency Service personnel were in attendance at a barbecue held in the commissioner’s honour at Kooralbyn
Commissioner Carroll said the visit was part of her commitment to visit regional Queensland every second month and have a direct discussion with front line staff.
“We are spending three days in the south-east region and meeting as many front line staff as possible,” she said.
“We are also meeting with key partners including mayors and we have an excellent relationship with Scenic Rim Council and Mayor Greg Christensen.
“These visits also allow us to see the facilities at various stations and also provides an opportunity to say thank you to staff and volunteers for what they do day in and day out.”
Commissioner Carroll said she always picked a different station to visit on her tours and she was very pleased with staff and the new facilities at Kooralbyn.
“They have a new training room with insulation and air conditioning,” she said.
“It might seem like a small thing but I can see how much it has lifted morale.
Supper was provided by Kooralbyn firefighters and the commissioner took up the barbecue tongs to lend a hand with the cooking before addressing a crowd of about 40 fire and rescue staff.
Commissioner Carroll said her next stop would be the Gold Coast.