The Bligh Government's record investment in ambulance and fire
services is delivering more front line officers and better
services for Queenslanders, Emergency Services Minister Neil
Roberts said today.
Mr Roberts said figures tabled in State Parliament this week showed a decline in attrition rates across the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service in recent years which, combined with continued increases in the number of officers, had bolstered the ranks of the two organisations.
"In June this year we announced a combined Budget of over $1 billion for our ambulance and fire Services to deliver more paramedics, more firefighters, more life-saving equipment, and new and refurbished stations," Mr Roberts said.
"We recognise the importance of investing in our Emergency Services not only for the patients' wellbeing but also for the wellbeing of our very dedicated and hard-working staff - declining attrition figures demonstrate th at investment is paying off."
Mr Roberts said the QAS attrition rate had consistently declined over the past three years, falling from 4.2 per cent in 2007-08 to 3.7 per cent in 2009-10.
"Similarly, the QFRS attrition rate is now only 3 per cent, down from 3.3 per cent in 2007-08," he said.
"Resignation rates amongst Ambulance and Fire Officers are also down, representing only 2 per cent of the total QAS and QFRS work force. That's 3.4 per cent lower than the Whole-Of-Government rate.
"And while we're retaining more officers, we're also busy recruiting new ones.
"We've increased the number of Ambulance Officers in the State by 630 since 2007, including 75 new officers this year, and have funded 69 new Fire Fighters since 2008."
Mr Roberts said the Government's continued investment in the state's emergency services agencies was in sharp contrast to the policy of the LNP to cut $1 billion and 12,000 jobs a year from the public se ctor.
Minister for Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
The Honourable Neil Roberts
Paramedic, firefighter numbers on the rise in Queensland