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14 April, 2021

Somerset Council funding more emergency services

Somerset Regional Council will pass on a further $740,530 in payments to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) for the January to June 2021 period.

Esk township underwater in the 2011 floods.

Rural Fire Brigade Coordination Committee member, Councillor Jason Wendt said, “In the ten years since the 2011 floods, Somerset has become better prepared for disasters.”

“This means working with partners including QFES to make sure that our urban firefighters and other emergency personnel have the resources they need to do the job,” he said.

“Just in the past month, we have seen a fire in the main street of Esk destroy a shop and traffic accidents on State highways in our area that required emergency attendance.

“A portion of every rate notice bottom line goes to QFES to help manage emergency service costs for this reason.”

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