New fire-fighting points on Allora pipeline

COMMUNITIES on the Southern Downs will benefit from the installation of four water fill points along the Warwick-Allora water pipeline to be used for fire-fighting.

Southern Downs Regional Council disaster management co-ordinator Mark Saunders said the fill points ensured fire-fighters had better access to water in Mt Marshall and the Goomburra Valley areas.

"QFES can use the filling points to fight grass fires but due to the capacity of the water main on the Warwick-Allora pipeline, the fill points will only provide limited assistance when combating structural fires. However this is still an improvement over the present system of trucking water from Allora," he said.

"The fill points are cost effective and cheaper than having council water trucks working after hours or being redeployed from council construction/maintenance works."

QFES Inspector Hemmo de Vries praised the council's efforts and agreed the access would be invaluable.



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