The RFBAQ and SESAQ call for a Queensland Volunteer Respect Act

Thursday, 14 Jan 2016

Emergency volunteers are not amateurs who step in to save the day. We are the frontline of everyday emergency response and recovery, through Rural Fire Brigades, State Emergency Services, Coast Guard, Volunteer Marine Rescue, St Johns Ambulance and more.

With a Volunteer Respect Act, Queensland Parliament can protect and support the volunteers who provide essential modern emergency services, and it can recognise the value of their skills, experience and contribution to the community.

The RFBAQ and SESAQ call on the Queensland State Government to convene an Emergency Services Volunteer Forum with a purpose of defining the guidelines for a Queensland Volunteer Respect Act. This will provide the legal framework that is necessary to ensure that emergency volunteers keep volunteering well into the 21st century.

Want to know more?

Click here to visit the RFBAQ website for more information.

For RFBAQ comment and contact:

Justin Choveaux
RFBAQ General Manager
Email or call 07 5480 5130
Fax: 07 5481 1911

For State Emergency Service Association Queensland (SESAQ) comment and contact:

Edward Cowie
Acting State President
State Emergency Service Association of Queensland (SESAQ)
Email or call 0438 976 737

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