QFES Airbase – August 2019
It was only a couple of weeks ago that the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service held a training weekend at Watts Bridge. This week, with the onset of hot and windy conditions in South East Queensland that training was put into practice with the establishment of a forward airbase, right here on the field.
A temporary weather station was set up beside the primary windsock and a turbo-prop aircraft flown in each day. The aircraft was then loaded with water to provide a quick response capability in the event of a blaze in the district. At the end of each day, the aircraft departed for homebase, offloading the water onto the runway on the way out. Another, much larger aircraft, equipped for water operations was located on the field.
As previously stated: “Watts Bridge is proud to be associated with the QFES training and operations and stands ready to support the local community, should a natural disaster such as fire or other emergencies ever confront the district.“
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield
Post Office Box 98,
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield,
801 Cressbrook-Caboonbah Rd,