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.
"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.
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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.