Queensland Firefighting services sign landmark charter
FIREFIGHTING services across the state are set to further improve with the signing of a charter between Queensland Government, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Queensland Auxiliary Firefighters Association.
The signing of the charter formalises a working partnership for auxiliary firefighters across Queensland and ensures they will have their voices heard at the negotiating table.
Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said on Tuesday the Auxiliary Firefighters Charter provided a foundation for the ongoing collaboration between the government and auxiliary firefighters.
"There are more than 2000 auxiliary firefighters across Queensland providing support to diverse communities," he said.
"The charter is an important step in strengthening consultation with auxiliary firefighters on decisions affecting their service and communities.
"Auxiliary firefighters are dedicated men and women who serve their communities on top of their work and family commitments.
Queensland Auxiliary Firefighters Association president Roger Sambrooks said the signing of the charter marked the start of a new era for auxiliary firefighters.
"We have worked constructively with both Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Queensland Government to deliver a charter which delivers for our members," he said.