GOOD JOB: SES area commander Arthur Dawson with QFES Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey.
GOOD JOB: SES area commander Arthur Dawson with QFES Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey. Tobi Loftus

WATCH: SES's new Nanango base open

A NEW state-of-the-art disaster management building and shed has opened in Nanango.

The State Emergency Service officially took control of the $500,000 building at an opening ceremony on Thursday morning.

South Burnett South area commander Arthur Dawson said the building was a long time coming.

"The new building was built because the old one was rotted - full of termites and dry rot. We had to get rid of it,” he said.

"The old shed was in the floodplain as well. The SES is supposed to help people in flood, not get flooded ourselves.

"The 2010-11 event had some water in the back side of it. Because of the angle and hill of this one, it's worked out quite good.”

Mr Dawson said the SES applied to the State Government for assistance, with the South Burnett Regional Council's help.

"It is a fully combined emergency building,” he said.

"It doesn't matter what the disaster is, police, fire, ambulance and the SES can all work out of the one building.

"The building should give us a 30 to 50-year lifespan and theoretically it should be the last building standing in a major disaster, so it becomes a hub for the whole community.”

The new SES building in Nanango.
The new SES building in Nanango. Tobi Loftus

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey said the building would be a great training space.

"This facility now allows and supports South Burnett SES to train in first-class conditions,” he said.

"It can also store and maintain equipment and command operations not just for SES but other operations as well.

"It's a truly magnificent way for the community to say thank you to those volunteers who give back to the community.”

Mr Jeffrey said the council played a major role in getting the building open.

"Council has taken an idea of a fundamental thought bubble and delivered a facility that will support this community,” he said.

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said he hoped the new facility would encourage more people to join the SES.

"It strengthens the base of the SES in this region and possibly serves to have others who have thought about joining the SES to join, knowing the facility is looking like a professional unit,” Cr Campbell said.

"It's a very good thing for the whole region.”

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