RFS Review Meetings
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A series of meetings will be held with Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers across the state in coming weeks as part of a special Ministerial review into the RFS.
Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said a Review Committee, chaired by the Member for Mirani Ted Malone, would use the meetings to gather important information towards making recommendations on revitalising the RFS.
“These meetings will give volunteers the opportunity to provide input into the future structure, function, leadership and funding of the RFS,” Mr Dempsey said.
“Our volunteers will no doubt have extremely valuable information which will help us deliver a world class Rural Fire Service while providing greater efficiency, less red tape and more autonomy to volunteers.”
Mr Dempsey said meetings would be held in various locations to allow as many volunteers as possible to have input into the review.
The regions which will hold meetings include:
South East Corner
•Toowoomba: Monday 22nd October
•Ipswich: Tuesday 23rd October
•Caboolture: Wednesday 24th October
•Maryborough: Thursday 25th October
•Sarina: Wednesday 7th November
•Bowen: Thursday 8th November
•Barcaldine: Tuesday 20th November
•Emerald: Wednesday 21st November
•Gracemere: Thursday 22nd November
•Roma: Monday 3rd December
Far Northern Region
•Tablelands: Tuesday 4th December
•Charters Towers: Wednesday 5th December
•Cloncurry: Thursday 6th December
Mr Malone said he would also consult with other interest groups during a forum to be held at the Emergency Services Complex at Kedron in December.
“I am sure that Local Government, agricultural representative bodies, State Government departments and other stakeholders will provide significant feedback on how they want to work with the Rural Fire Service into the future,” Mr Malone said.
Mr Dempsey said the review into the Rural Fire Service would be completed by the end of February, 2013.