The Queensland government has announced a major shake-up of the state’s and fire and emergency services, with a restructure, hundreds of additional staff and a $400 million funding boost over four years.
The changes will see the Fire and Rescue Service and the Rural Fire Service form a dedicated fire department, while the police service will host the State Emergency Service (SES) and the Marine Rescue Service.
Minister for Police and Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the changes came off the back of an independent report by KPMG, which made recommendations about better aligning emergency services.
“To not only respond to changing community expectations around service delivery, but also the challenges that go along with the intensification of weather patterns and climate change,” Mr Ryan said.
“All of these things will build better capacity for our fire and emergency services in Queensland, better support for our volunteers, staff and officers.”
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