Regional Fire Stations - Contact Details
About South Eastern Region
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) South Eastern Region occupies the area to the south and south-east to the New South Wales border, immediate west and north-west of Brisbane to the Great Dividing Range.
The Region contains some of the fastest developing urban/rural communities, population and land use growth areas in Queensland. This includes the Local Government Areas and major cities of the Gold Coast, Logan, and Ipswich, and the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Somerset Regional Councils.
With the Region’s current growth rate it is forecasted that the population density for the whole of region will exceed two million residents by 2026 (Reference: Office of Urban Management).
Gold Coast City is the sixth largest city in Australia with a current population in excess of 540,000 residents (this does not include the high numbers of tourist and transient visitors to the city estimated at approximately ten million annually). The city hosts many major national and international annual events such as the Gold Coast Motor Race, Schoolies Festival, New Year’s Eve Gala, Gold Coast Marathon and the Big Day-Out Rock Festival.
Ipswich and Logan cities are experiencing significant growth and community infrastructure enhancement with both approaching a population of 200,000 and 300,000 residents respectively.
A large proportion of this demographic change across the South Eastern Region will be accommodated through localised redevelopment and the continuing trend to higher-density urban expansion in the major eastern, south-western and western growth and transport corridors between these cities, communities and Brisbane City (Capital of Queensland).
This continuing regional development and population growth has resulted with an enhancement in QFRS frontline operations focused on community engagement, education and safety initiatives (including hazard mitigation), bushfire prepared communities, and strengthening capability in supporting multi-agency “‘All Hazard Emergency Management”.
The QFRS South Eastern Region - Organisational Infrastructure:
South Eastern Region “All Hazards Emergency Management” front line services are provided through 34 Fire and Rescue Stations, and 85 Rural Fire Brigades.
An operational philosophy of “no boundaries” exists between QFRS South Eastern Region and neighbouring South Western Region and Brisbane Region, and also for the Northern Rivers and Central Highlands Districts of New South Wales with Fire and Rescue NSW (FSNSW) and the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS).
QFRS infrastructure in South Eastern Region includes:
- Regional staffing includes 487 permanent fire officers, technical and administrative staff, 240 auxiliary firefighters, and approximately 3,500 volunteer firefighters;
- Regional Headquarters (RHQ) for urban and rural operations is located at Beenleigh – 32 Tansey Street, Beenleigh QLD;
- Regional Operations Centre (ROC) located at RHQ Beenleigh;
- Regional Fire Communications Centre (Firecom South East) located at the Regional Operations Facility, Southport;
- Sixteen permanent staffed (10/14 roster) Fire and Rescue Stations;
- Eighteen auxiliary staffed Fire and Rescue Stations;
- Eighty-five Rural Fire Brigades;
- More than Seventy-four urban and one hundred and seventy-five rural operational fire appliances, and forty operational support vehicles;
- Community Safety Operations Command (Offices at Regional Operations Facilities at Southport and Beenleigh);
- Regional Professional Development Command (Offices at Regional Operations Facility, Beenleigh, Southport and Ipswich);
- Regional Technical Rescue staff and specialised appliances located at Robina, Beenleigh and Ipswich Fire and Rescue Stations;
- Regional Breathing Apparatus/HAZMAT operational support and training centre at the Regional Operations Facility at Southport;
- Regional Fire Investigation Unit (Office at Regional Operations Facility, Beenleigh);
- Fleet Engineering Workshops (Regional Operations Facilities, Southport and Ipswich);
- Regional Operational Logistics stores (Regional Operations Facilities at Beenleigh, Southport and Ipswich);
- Regional Duty Manager Operations (Office: RHQ Beenleigh);
- Rural Operations Regional Command (Office: RHQ Beenleigh);
- Rural Operations Area Command (Office: QFRS Regional Operations Facility, Ipswich);
- Gold Coast Zone Command (Office: Regional Operations Facility, Southport);
- Gold Coast South Command (Office: Regional Operations Facility, Southport);
- Gold Coast North Command (Office: QFRS Regional Operations Facility, Southport);
- Scenic Rim Area Command (Office: Beaudesert Fire and Rescue Station);
- West Moreton Zone Command (Office: QFRS Regional Operations Facility, Ipswich);
- Logan Command (Office: QFRS Regional Operations Facility, Beenleigh);
- Ipswich Command (Office: QFRS Regional Operations Facility, Ipswich);
- Lockyer/Somerset Command (Office: Gatton).
Assistant Commissioner, South South Eastern
Peter J Beauchamp AFSM
GCertMgt GIFireE AdDipPS(FM) AsscDipAppSc(FireTech) DipFM DipTAS
Peter commenced his Queensland Fire and Rescue Service career as a firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board, Brisbane. He has held numerous management positions as a senior fire officer following appointment to the rank of District Officer in July 1990 with the formation of a single fire and rescue service in Queensland. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) on 28 October 2002 with his appointment to Far Northern Region. He was transferred and appointed Assistant Commissioner South Eastern Region on 23 October 2006.
Peter holds post-graduate degree qualifications in management (University of Western Sydney, NSW), Graduate Diploma in Fire Engineering, Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Firefighting Management), Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Fire Technology), Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems, and a Diploma in Frontline Management. He has also successfully completed national programs in executive leadership and strategic planning, executive command and disaster management, and project management.
He is a recipient of the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM), Australia’s highest honour for a firefighter, acknowledged in the 1999 Australia Day Honours List. He has the Australian National Medal for Meritorious Service with 2nd Clasp, and the QFRS Ethical and Diligent Service Medal with 2nd Clasp, in recognition of long and diligent service as a Queensland firefighter. He has also been awarded the Australia Day Achievement Medallion in 2001 and 2006 for leadership and major contributions for the Department of Community Safety, Queensland.
Peter was bestowed Honorary Life Membership of the Kirra Surf Life Saving Club, Gold Coast Queensland (Est: 1916) in recognition of meritorious service and commitment to the ideals of surf life saving, community safety, and club administration.