Fire chief ready for meeting

RURAL Firefighters Warwick area group officer Alan Payne is looking forward to meeting with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) Review Committee in Toowoomba on Monday.

The review was a result of outrage over proposed cuts to paid RFS staff in September.

"It's a good thing," Mr Payne said.

"We will be able to put our view across and the views of what the volunteers want."

Mr Payne said he had some important points to raise.

"The main thing will be that we hold our rural staff and the offices stay open," he said.

"We don't need cutbacks on rural staff.

"We need to keep it as it is."

Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said the Review Committee would use the meetings to gather important information towards making recommendations on revitalising the RFS.

"Our volunteers will no doubt have extremely valuable information which will help us deliver a world-class Rural Fire Service while providing greater efficiency, less red tape and more autonomy to volunteers," he said.

Completion date

  • The review into the RFS will be completed by the end of February 2013.


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