The Central Region of Queensland is a diverse mix of primary production, extractive industry, minerals and energy export, tourism and commerce. The region stretches from the Whitsunday Islands to Agnes Water, encompassing tropical islands and the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Moving inland the Region takes in the mining areas of the Bowen and Galilee Basins and the agricultural and pastoral districts west to Haddon Corner at the South Australian border. Major centres in the region include Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald and Longreach.
QFRS operates from 38 urban fire stations with a staff of over 620 full time and auxiliary firefighters. Rural fire services are provided by over 8000 volunteer members spread throughout the Region. The brigades and stations are resourced with 213 fire appliances, including specialised appliances for technical rescue and hazardous materials response.
Firefighters attend over 6000 emergencies each year. The range of emergencies includes road crash rescue along the Bruce, Gregory, Capricorn and Landsborough Highways and feeder roads – industrial accidents, hazardous materials releases and fires in the major centres – landscape fires in the grassland and bushland – and residential fires and emergencies across the region. QFRS also supports the disaster response and recovery efforts of the district and local disaster management groups.