FIRES PUSH FIGHTERS: Queensland Fire and Rescue Service incident controller Mark Long of Murgon Station.
FIRES PUSH FIGHTERS: Queensland Fire and Rescue Service incident controller Mark Long of Murgon Station. Kate Benedict

Fire crews don't need a police escort to service Cherbourg

DESPITE recent media reports, fire fighters will not require a police escort when attending jobs in Cherbourg.

The South Burnett's QFES Inspector Mark Long said the recent vandalism of fire trucks had not led to changes in the fire service's operating procedure.

"We had the situation four years ago where there was an agreement put in place that if there was a need for a police escort all the emergency services would meet at the (Frank Fisher) bridge and go in together, but that's been in place for four years," he said.

Mr Long said during high risk call-outs the police would already have been informed and would most likely be attending the job regardless, and incidents of crews needing an escort are rare.

"The procedure has not really been used," he said.

At about 4am on Monday, June 4, fire crews were called to a suspected car crash in Cherbourg.

Mr Long said on arrival the crews found a recently stolen car that rolled and was abandoned so they left the scene.

A few minutes later they were called to a second suspected crash.

When they attended the second scene a youth threw through a rock through the fire truck's front windscreen.

"At about 8am I took a spare unit from Murgon out there and I took the Cherbourg truck into a Murgon business and got a new window installed by 2pm," Mr Long said.

"There was never any reduced capability into Cherbourg."

At about 11.30, Tuesday, June 5, the crews were called to a burning car in a dirt paddock in Cherbourg.

Again, Mr Long said the responding units saw a large group of youths hanging around the car. They made the assessment the fire was unlikely to spread so the crew returned Cherbourg station while police were called to round up the offenders.