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North Coast Region

North Coast Region

Regional Fire Stations - Contact Details

Regional Fire Station listing for North Coast Region

About North Coast Region

North Coast Region covers the coastal areas of Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast and inland to the Burnett hinterland. Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast are among the fastest growing urban areas in Australia. Those areas attract significant numbers of tourists each year.

North Coast Region has 46 urban fire stations.  The region is staffed by approximately 210 full-time staff. That includes, career firefighters, Firecom, Community Safety, Technical, Regional Headquarters and Area Office staff. The Region is supported by approximately 479 auxiliary fire officers.

Rural fire management in the Region is supported by 6000 Volunteers. Rural Operations in the Region is managed by 19 full-time staff in the Regional Office and Area offices based in Bunda­berg (82 brigades), Maryborough (75 brigades) and Caloundra (56 brigades). There are 213 rural fire brigades in the Region.

Emergency incidents are reported through the North Coast Fire Communications Centre which is located at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast.

North Coast Region first introduced Safehome as an initiative which aims to assist the community in safeguarding their homes; and families against the threat of fire. The program provides information on fire safety. Firefighters are available to assist the community with the installation of smoke alarms and escape plans.  Firefighters conduct Safehome audits in homes at the resident’s request.


Assistant Commissioner, North Coast Region
John Watson

John commenced his career as a firefighter with the Bundaberg Fire Brigade Board in 1982.  He has held a number of senior positions with the fire service including the Manager of Regional Training, Regional Fire Safety Officer, Area Director in Bundaberg.

Prior to his appointment as the Assistant Commissioner in September 2011, John was the Director of Regional Operations for the North Coast Region.

John has the Diploma in Frontline Management and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.  He has been awarded with the National Medal and first clasp, the QFRS Ethical and Diligent Service Medal and first clasp.  He received an Australia Day medallion for significant commitment to QFRS North Coast Region in Regional Portfolios in particular the Performance Development System implementation.  John has also been honoured with the Australian Fire Service Medal in 2012 for his operational excellence and service at a number of major emergency incidents.

John is dedicated to serving the community of Queensland.  He is committed to delivering a fire and rescue service that is of the highest standard with his primary focus on frontline services and saving lives.

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