CODE 2, VOL 34, NO 32 : 28 july 2020
QFRS Commissioner commits to full budget for Fire and Rescue!
You will recall in a recent Code 2 (V34#28 dated 09 July 2020) I reported that your union had written to the Commissioner asking how QFES intends to stop wasting money that needs to be directed towards firefighters, fire trucks and fire stations and fire communication centres.
I am very pleased to say the Commissioner replied on 27 July 2020, stating –
‘Please be assured that there has been no reduction to the budget provided for the Fire and Rescue Service and supporting our firefighters.’
I commend the Commissioner on this absolute commitment to not cutting funding for firefighters, fire trucks and fire stations and to maintaining the fire communication budget. Commissioner Greg Leach has his priorities set on the right formula for keeping the trucks crewed and responding to emergencies in communities right across Queensland.
As the Queensland Government is asking for savings across all departments, it will be interesting to see where those savings are made. We will all be watching closely to see how One QFES ensures there is no compromise to funding for you and your roles.
John Oliver - General Secretary
Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD