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Labor offers more regional firies

LABOR has promised more firefighters will be deployed in Queensland's most at-risk areas.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday promised a government she leads will hire 100 more firefighters and 12 fire communication officers.

"Critically, these new officers will be deployed across regional Queensland to areas most at risk from natural disasters,” she said.

"This means more swiftwater rescue technicians to save people from floodwaters, more firefighters for property fires and road crash rescues, and more fire communication officers to provide the critical coordination required to ensure all emergency service officers work together in their response efforts.

"Queensland is often at the mercy of extreme weather events and it is vital our entire state has the highly skilled fire and emergency services teams required to respond swiftly and effectively if disaster strikes.”

But Labor's policy does not address Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland's call for more support for volunteer firefighters.

Earlier in the campaign the LNP promised a $10 million emergency volunteers fund for rural firefighters.

LNP shadow emergency services minister Tim Mander said an LNP government would give "greater support” to volunteer fire brigades.

”We are happy to work with the RFBAQ and provide greater legal certainty and recognition for volunteers,” Mr Mander said.

"These hard-working Queenslanders deserve greater support for their sacrifice and dedication to local communities right across Queensland.”

The RFBAQ wants the roll-out of a Volunteer Respect Act to guarantee brigades are consulted about issues directly affecting them; a commitment for the Emergency Management Fire and Rescue Levy to be distributed to brigades so they have a sustainable funding base; implementation of outcomes from the Malone Review; volunteers listed as "fire service officers" in Queensland Fire and Emergency Services legislation; and a clear, legislative workable definition of the legal status of brigades. -NewsRegional



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