Fire and emergency volunteering on the agenda during Governing from the Regions program

Published:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today highlighted the work of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel at a workshop in Caloundra during the Palaszczuk Government’s Governing from the Regions program.

Mr Crawford said the aim of the workshop was to receive feedback on the QFES Volunteerism Strategy, which was launched by the Minister and QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll in October.

“Across Queensland we now have more than 45,000 QFES volunteers and we want to get feedback from as many as possible about the strategy and the best way to put it in place,” Mr Crawford said.

“These workshops will help QFES staff and volunteers understand the aims of the strategy, its benefits and challenges and how these issues could affect volunteering.”

Mr Crawford said there were more than 2000 volunteers with the State Emergency Service and the Rural Fire Service across the Sunshine Coast region.

“Quite frankly, I don’t know where we’d be without them, especially when disaster strikes,” he said.

“That was exemplified earlier this year when so many of our Caloundra volunteers from both the SES and the RFS were deployed to Townsville to help out during the floods.

“They were amazing and as a Government we can’t thank them enough for the hard work, help and support they gave to the residents in our State’s north.”

Mr Crawford said today’s volunteers already had very busy lives and their input into the strategy was important.

“The challenges we face with our volunteers include an ageing population, a time-poor society, competing priorities, and the emergence of new technologies,” he said.

Mr Crawford visited Caloundra as part of a state-wide roadshow to discuss the implementation plan for the Volunteerism Strategy.

 “As a former volunteer firefighter for more than 20 years I understand the sacrifices made to make sure Queenslanders are safe and for that I thank you,” he said.

 “But we know that the volunteer landscape is ever-changing and that is why it is important to talk with our volunteers and answer any questions they may have about the new strategy.”

Mr Crawford said the Volunteerism Strategy was formed from the 2016 QFES Volunteer Survey, when more than 600 volunteers and staff provided feedback from 20 workshops.

“By heading back on the road, we can ensure QFES’s volunteer culture remains strong, so our workforce can continue to provide essential services to all Queensland communities.

Commissioner Carroll said the QFES volunteer workforce also included some members of the State’s Fire and Rescue Service in the areas of peer support, research, scientific and technical rescue.

 “Using feedback from the survey and the new Volunteerism Strategy, we want to make sure we further engage with all of our volunteers and staff across these areas to implement positive changes,” Ms Carroll said.

For more information about volunteering with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services visit www.qld.gov.au/emergency/volunteering-jobs/volunteer

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Craig Crawford

 
Community Emergency Information Employment & Training Law & Safety Political Queensland Government Weather
Social:   

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) : Queensland Government :
Emergency Services Complex, Cnr Park Road and Kedron Park Road, Kedron Queensland 4031, Queensland Wide
13 74 68
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) : Queensland Government
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
New boat and trucks boost Fraser Coast emergency response 05 November 2019 | Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the new appliances would help volunteers from the Hervey Bay State Emergency Service (SES) Group and Eurong Rural Fire Brigade to serve and protect the... More information...
Firefighters gather to honour fallen colleagues 10 October 2019 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel around the state will today pause to remember the sacrifice and bravery of firefighters killed in the line of duty. More information...
September bushfire review to ensure best practice continues across Queensland 17 September 2019 | A thorough review will be conducted into the state’s emergency response to the September bushfires that have affected large parts of south east Queensland. More information...
Bushfire assistance extended for more Queensland communities 11 September 2019 | Disaster assistance has been extended to help cover the costs of fighting the fires in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, as southern Queensland’s current bushfire emergency continues to unfold. More information...
Thank a volunteer firie on Yellow Ribbon Day 03 September 2019 | Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford has paid tribute on Yellow Ribbon Day to volunteer Rural Fire Service (RFS) fighters across Queensland who put their lives on the line to protect people... More information...
Queensland leads global disaster response capability 15 August 2019 | Queensland is today the proud host of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting. More information...
Bushfire season officially underway 01 August 2019 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said QFES had been preparing with landowners and managers during Operation Cool Burn, which began in April. More information...
Firefighters gear up for Australasian Rescue Challenge 22 July 2019 | Queensland’s Fire and Rescue firefighters are honing their road crash rescue skills in preparation for this year’s Australasian Rescue Challenge. More information...
Specialist QFES firefighters performing rescues in state's most difficult mountain terrain 17 July 2019 | A specialist group of highly-trained Queensland firefighters is tackling some of the state’s most difficult mountain terrain to perform rescues. More information...
Budget delivers for Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay fire and emergency services 21 June 2019 | The Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay region have had a bumper win in the Palaszczuk Government’s 2019-20 State Budget. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service