Springwood candidate Kirrily Boulton backs Mount Cotton rural fire brigade with a $500,000 promise from the LNP

HOT TOPIC: Springwood candidate Kirrily Boulton with Emergency Services Shadow Minister Lachlan Millar, Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson and Redlands candidate Henry Pike.
HOT TOPIC: Springwood candidate Kirrily Boulton with Emergency Services Shadow Minister Lachlan Millar, Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson and Redlands candidate Henry Pike.

The LNP will support the Mount Cotton volunteer rural fire brigade and protect local communities from bushfire if it wins the October 31 state election.

Springwood LNP candidate Kirrily Boulton said the party had committed $500,000 for a shed, fire truck, equipment and training for the Mount Cotton fire brigade.

"With more than 1000 hectares of fuel load in Mount Cotton and the surrounding suburbs, it is essential that our volunteer rural fire brigade has the equipment and the support to protect homes and businesses from fire," Ms Boulton said.

She said the LNP has been fighting for years to establish a volunteer rural fire brigade to protect Mount Cotton from bushfire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services signed off on the formation of a rural fire brigade in May this year.

The brigade's role would be in fire mitigation and education across the Redlands, with fire response to be provided by firefighters at urban stations.

Ms Boulton said the Mount Cotton fire brigade is the only volunteer rural fire brigade in Queensland that is not allowed to fight fires.

"In a nation that was devastated by bushfire last summer, this is a sick joke and shows Labor is taking the Redlands for granted.

"I will ensure the communities of Mount Cotton, Shailer Park and Daisy Hill have a trained and ready volunteer fire brigade, who can do exactly what they signed up for, and that is protect our communities from bushfire," she said.

Redlands candidate Henry Pike said the investment in rural fire services would also benefit communities in his electorate.

"The LNP will give our rural firies the tools they need to protect our communities... and hand back more control to local brigades and back them up by creating more city-based crews, like they have in other states," he said.

Emergency Services Shadow Minister Lachlan Millar said the extra funding complemented the LNP's 10-point plan to improve Queensland's bushfire preparedness.

"A Deb Frecklington government will treat rural firies with the respect they deserve and provide them with the equipment they need to keep communities safe," Mr Millar said.

Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said 69volunteers had already signed up to join the Brisbane Region Headquarters RFB and are currently undergoing training.

"The Palaszczuk government supplies all equipment and vehicles once that training is complete.

"QFES has a strong program of fire mitigation which adds to the volunteer efforts in our community, but the best protection for our community has to be our dedicated full time professional firefighters who service our region," he said.