Home Rule for the Rural Fire Service!
Wednesday, 26 Oct 2022
Today's announcement took years in the making.
The RFBAQ State Executive met in August 2020 and voted on a new model that would best service the brigades that defend 93% of the state. This position we sent to the Premier in an open letter requesting change and the dissolution of the QFES.
After consistent unwavering advocacy we have achieved 90% of our model.
A huge thanks to the Premier, the Treasurer, Minister Ryan and Nick Barter for what was announced today.
Where we are going is a Rural Fire Service that has a Chief Officer, separate and empowering Rural Fire Service Act, a separate Rural Fire Service Budget, a Rural Fires Board and the autonomy to choose the number of regions and districts that are needed to service the brigades.
There are more RFSQ Staff coming in more RFSQ Area Offices to provide more support and training for brigades and more money to buy trucks, sheds, toilets and floors.
This is the great leap forward that other states made years ago and we are starting to journey now.