South Western Region (SWR) runs from Toowoomba in the east, west to the South Australian border and south to the New South Wales border. The region's major city is Toowoomba with most of the population concentrated in the eastern part of the region, with the western areas more sparsely populated.
SWR operations is led by Fire & Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Stephen Smith who oversees 40
urban fire stations, regional headquarters and area command offices staffed by approximately 580 employees ranging from career firefighters, emergency management officers, auxiliary firefighters, community safety officers and technical rescue. South Western Region has the highest percentage of auxiliary firefighters working along full time staff, with over 470 auxiliaries and more than 90 full time firefighters.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) regional operations are co-located with the South Western Region but led by the State RFSQ Assistant Commissioner. The RFSQ SWR supports over 7,300 volunteer firefighters in a geographically large area of approximately 400,000 square kilometres. The Region manages over 350 Rural Fire Brigades, with nearly 600 Fire Wardens through two Area Offices located at Toowoomba and Roma.
The South Western Region
State Emergency Service (SES) covers the Toowoomba and Roma Areas. The SES Regional Office is located Anzac Avenue and led by the SES Regional Manager, overseeing 6 fulltime and 3 part time staff and Area offices in both Toowoomba and Roma. The South Western Region covers approximately 426 000 square kilometres stretching from Yarraman in the north, Goondiwindi in the south and as far west as Eromanga. South Western Region encompasses 11 Local Governments and supports 12 active SES Units and 41 active SES groups.
South West Fire Communications Centre is located in Toowoomba.
Regional training provides comprehensive training to all 42 stations in the region, ranging from road accident rescue and hazardous materials management, to competency maintenance programs.
We have numerous training facilities, including a world class confined space training facility, the first of it's kind in Queensland. The facility encompasses a range of simulated underground storm water pipes and a grain silo used for on-farm rescue training.
Community Safety Unit
Located in Toowoomba, the Community Safety Unit, provides promotional services, building survey advice and equipment to the stations within the region for educational purposes.
The unit manages a range of community safety projects for the region, and promotes the various activities of the QFES.
The Unit is currently involved in a regional awareness campaign involving all emergency services agencies and community groups in a combined "Triple 0 Show" held at fire stations randomly across the South West.
Fire Station list
Rural Fire Service Contacts
State Emergency Services Contacts
The South Western Region has a total of 42 permanent and auxillary urban fire stations, which are grouped into six areas: