Malone Review delivering for Queensland’s emergency volunteers

Friday, 19 Sep 2014

The voices of tens of thousands of emergency volunteers will be louder following a landmark meeting between the Queensland Government and the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland (RFBAQ).

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said following a meeting between the LNP Government and RFBAQ, a Ministerial Advisory Panel would be established.

'The former Government did not act in the interest of Queensland's volunteers, and in turn the communities they serve,' Minister Dempsey said.

'We have spent each day since the 2012 election engaging and empowering Queensland's 80,000 emergency volunteers who serve our community from the Cape to Coolangatta.'

Assistant Minister for Emergency Volunteers Ted Malone said the Ministerial Advisory Panel would comprise the heads of all emergency volunteers organisation and deliver results for communities.

'The LNP Government is providing more funding, better resources and empowering volunteers so communities have better responses and are safe into the future,' Mr Malone said.

'The Ministerial Advisory Panel will give a louder voice to those mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who volunteer their time with their local brigade or SES group.

'Another outcome of the Malone Review has seen a committee established to look at providing local service agreements on call outs, and providing clarity on responses and incident control.'

Long standing and highly regarded volunteer, Don Greenhalgh AFSM will serve on the protocol committee and will bring both on the ground experience and common sense to the group.

President of the RFBAQ Mike Garrahy AFSM said the meeting had delivered real outcomes for thousands of volunteers and was proud to have called for action.

'Recently, I met with the Minister and Assistant Minister and asked them to deliver a Ministerial Advisory Panel and they agreed,' Mr Garrahy said.

'Over the coming weeks the LNP Government in conjunction with the RFBAQ will release further information on matters agreed to during the meeting.'

Bio: Don Greenhalgh served as the last Chairman of the Rural Fires Board of Queensland, was first Presiding Officer of the Rural Fire Council and inaugural Chairman of the Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland. He is currently an active volunteer in the Samford Rural Fire Brigade.

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