Acting area director Lloyd Johnston and administration assistant to the area director Jill Lees.
Acting area director Lloyd Johnston and administration assistant to the area director Jill Lees. Renee Pilcher

Firies get new area director

A STATE restructure has landed the new headquarters for the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service North Coast Region’s area five in Gympie.

Acting area director Lloyd Johnston said area five included Gympie, Noosa, Imbil, Cooran, Cooroy, Tewantin and Pomona.

The new director’s role means more support and training for operational crews in area five.

“It’s all about spreading the workload,” Mr Johnston said.

He has been in the top job for about four months now and will oversee area five until a formal hiring process has been completed by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

The old fire chief’s living quarters at the Gympie station has been converted into office space for the new director and his team thanks to State Government coffers, but he said no new staff had been hired.

Gympie fire station will also receive a new lick of paint, some other works as a bit of a spruce up and will benefit from an increase in operational equipment.

“It has been well-received by everybody. The guys feel somebody has taken ownership over them. They are all quite happy and feel like they are being looked after.”

Mr Johnston said in just one shift there was now up to 250 years’ experience on hand to respond to emergency situations.

“It’s a very experienced crew that work at Gympie. They do a fantastic job, work hard and are on their own a lot of the time as back up is far away.”

The Gympie station was recently enhanced to heavy rescue capability, due to Bruce Highway crashes, Mr Johnston said.

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