Govt to support rural firies with increased funding
THE State Government has reaffirmed its support for Queensland's Rural Fire Service after committing to fully fund the equipment and training needs for the service.
Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey said on Friday the increased funding would include protective clothing, communication equipment and training.
"This funding will ensure rural firefighters are best equipped to do the best job for Queenslanders," he said.
Mr Dempsey said he had also directed Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers Ted Malone to oversee actions arising from each of the Malone Review recommendations.
"The State Government is committed to a better rural fire service for Queensland and this announcement reaffirms that commitment," he said.
"We want to do the best rural fire service for Queenslanders and we have taken this opportunity to consider how we can deliver better outcomes for our rural firefighters.
"Now that the Malone and Keelty Reviews have been finalised, I have asked the Assistant Minister and his support team to ensure we prioritise the recommendations and determine how they can best be implemented."
Mr Malone said he looked forward to working with all of the brigades across Queensland to achieve a fully supported rural volunteer fire service that builds on community resilience.
"The recruitment process is under way for the new position of Deputy Commissioner, Rural Fire and Emergency Services," he said.
"This person will have full operational and managerial responsibility for emergency service volunteers in Queensland."
Earlier on Friday, eight specialist Queensland Fire and Rescue Service personnel travelled to New South Wales to help their southern counterparts tackle the bushfire disaster that is gripping the state.
They will travel to the Blue Mountains where they will assist with rapid damage assessments, bushfire investigation and building assessment, following significant bushfire activity in the region.