Paid approach for volunteer firefighters not viable - QFES

A QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services boss says the use of volunteers in fire brigades is a proven system used internationally.

Assistant Commissioner of the QFES Ewan Cayzer said the number of volunteers was stable, and a paid approach was not viable.

RELATED STORIES: 

Average age of region's volunteer firefighters is 57

Community stress rising in wake of cyclone debris tinderbox

"When emergencies occur you need a lot of people in a short time period...that's why its particularly suited to volunteer work...you wouldn't be able to employ enough people regularly to do the job," he said.

Do you think Rural Firefighters should be paid?

This poll ended on 03 April 2015.

Current Results

Yes

79%

No

20%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Cayzer said the perceived proportion of aging volunteers wasn't a generational shift away but rather an indication of the area.

"There are older people; it is more reflective of society in general, areas with younger populations have more young members."

The commissioner said Cr Adam Belot's concern over the potential risk of fire, liability was misplaced.

"He isn't recognising the responsibility (of unattended fuel) falls to land owners. It is their job to make sure they clean up properties themselves and manage that risk," he said.



Rockhampton set to benefit from new community centre

premium_icon Rockhampton set to benefit from new community centre

Local aged care infrastructure gets a $1.2m shot in the arm.

Beloved food van severely damaged in Rocky crash

Beloved food van severely damaged in Rocky crash

OWNER recently quit job to focus on business but has to start over

Hungry teen's 'stupid' stealing attempt caught on camera

premium_icon Hungry teen's 'stupid' stealing attempt caught on camera

HUNDREDS of dollars stolen from employer after alleged money dramas

Local Partners