2015 Election Commitment Wrap Up
Thursday, 29 Jan 2015
Since writing to every political party on the 27th November 2014, the RFBAQ has received election commitments from 5 of the 7 registered Queensland political parties.
The ALP has responded to the RFBAQ yet did not address any of the 6 questions posed, in addition, the ALP conducted no consultation with the representative organisation for all 1,441 Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland.
The LNP has responded to the RFBAQ by addressing all 6 of the questions after lengthy and constructive consultation.
Since the last state election in 2012, Rural Fire Brigades in Queensland have seen significant upheaval and change, the delivery of the Malone Review into the Rural Fire Service and the creation of a Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Service Volunteers.
The Rural Fire truck build programme has increased from 27 yellow fire trucks in 2012 to 47 yellow fire trucks this year, a 74% increase. This is the largest ever vehicle build programme for brigades. Additionally, with rural fire trucks now fully subsidised, brigades no longer have to fundraise $15,000 - $20,000 to part purchase front line fire trucks.
The Rural Fire ‘slip on unit’ build programme delivered 143 ‘slip on units’ in 2012 and will deliver 255 ‘slip on units’ this year. For the 675 Primary Producer Brigades across Queensland this 78% increase will see more units available for fast knockdown when local fires occur. (The ‘slip on unit’ is the most prevalent firefighting device with over 2,770 units currently in service.)
Opening of 3 new Rural Fire Service District Offices in the South Burnett, Gladstone and the Gold Coast, which will increase the number of RFSQ District Offices from 15 to 18, providing extra support to the 35,289 Rural Fire Brigade volunteers who defend 93% of Queensland.
Overall funding for the Rural Fire Service Queensland has increased to $44.29 million dollars, which is the highest level of funding achieved and an increase of over 23.4% on 2012 funding.
The RFBAQ has made all political party commitments and individual candidate responses available and the RFBAQ encourages all brigade members and community supporters to share this information as widely as possible so that an informed decision can be made on Saturday 31st January 2015.