28/02/2013 - DFES Publishes Decision on the ATVs

DFES Publishes Decision on the ATVs

The following copy of the DEFES Commissioner's circular is provided by the SESVA for the information of all SES Volunteers

USE OF ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES

The Department has commissioned an  occupational health and safety risk assessment report into the operational use of All-Terrain Vehicles.  The report concluded that the use of All-Terrain Vehicles  constitutes an unacceptable risk to the operators.

It is recognised that All-Terrain Vehicles provided an important support role for emergency services in this State.  These vehicles were  utilised to access and  operate in challenging environmental terrain.  As such, the Department  is organising  the  substitution  of All-Terrain Vehicles with  All Terrain Utility  Vehicles.

The use of All Terrain Utility Vehicles will enable these important support roles to be continued, while decreasing the risk to emergency services personnel.  Until the All-Terrain Vehicles are replaced, it is advised  that there  is to  be no use of All-Terrain Vehicles.

Replacements should be in place  towards the middle of the year  and the substitution will incur no cost to individual units.  I know this issue has caused some disruption but the safety of all emergency  services personnel is paramount.

WAYNE GREGSON APM
COMMISSIONER
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES