April 2016 | Edition: 2 Deputy Commissioner's Update
Thursday, 21 Apr 2016
It’s been two years now since Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was established as a department.
While the change from a division within the former Department of Community Safety to a stand-alone department occurred some time ago, the implementation of structural changes required to allow QFES to operate as a modern and mature department has not, until now, taken place.
Earlier this year the Government accepted recommendations from the review of the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA). This means 11 functions which sat with the PSBA will transition back to QFES. Commissioner Katarina Carroll has determined that the return of these functions presented an appropriate opportunity to also review the QFES capability statements and structure.
There are a couple of points that need to be made about the review and its impact on volunteers.
The Commissioner has said there is no intention to change the chain of command as they relate to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and the State Emergency Service (SES).
There is also no position to change legislation as it relates to the RFS, SES or Disaster Management. Any future QFES structure will be implemented within those current frameworks.
We are in the very early stages of this review and recently the Commissioner released a capability map which was developed in consultation with QFES executives, unions and both the RFBAQ and the QSESVA. I have included the current version of the capabilities map for your consideration.
Click on the map to enlarge.
The capabilities map is being developed to ensure we know exactly what functions all of QFES needs to service the community.