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Beenleigh gets new $870k hi-tech truck

Senior firefighters, from left, Scott Addy and Kristian Leech with station officer Russell Von Nida.
Senior firefighters, from left, Scott Addy and Kristian Leech with station officer Russell Von Nida.

The keys to a new $870,000 fire truck have been handed over to Beenleigh Fire and Rescue Station.

The 635 Lima was delivered as part of a $1.7 million investment from the State Government into fire and rescue services.

As a heavy technical rescue truck, the appliance won't be just for fires.

Station officer Russell Von Nida said it will be used for road and water rescues as well as vertical, trench and confined space operations.

Beenleigh Fire Station officer Russell Von Nida.
Beenleigh Fire Station officer Russell Von Nida.

"Another plus for the community is the heavy road crash rescue equipment," he said.

"It has two 50-ton jacks, and a range of high-pressure airbags for heavy lifting of up to 60 tonnes per airbag."

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said an additional $300,000 has been invested to fit the two appliances with a thermal imaging camera, technical rescue equipment and "an advanced Jaws of Life".

The Beenleigh station services an area north to Springwood and south to Ormeau Hills.

Since July 2017, the station has responded to 923 incidents - including road crash rescues, grass and wild fires and structural fires.