Fraser Coast rural fire service volunteers at a protest over job cuts last month. They will now be able to have their say on a review into the service.
Fraser Coast rural fire service volunteers at a protest over job cuts last month. They will now be able to have their say on a review into the service. Hannah Busch

Rural fire volunteers to have their say on government review

RURAL Fire service volunteers have the chance to voice their concerns to a government-led review that could decide the future of the RFS Maryborough office.

The review committee led by MP Ted Malone will meet Fraser Coast volunteers next Thursday in one of 13 meetings across the state.

"Our volunteers will no doubt have extremely valuable information which will help us deliver a world-class Rural Fire Service while providing greater efficiency," Police and Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey said this morning.

Mr Dempsey called for the review earlier last month after protests over proposed cuts that would include the loss of nine jobs on the Fraser Coast and the closure of the RFS Maryborough office.

Only a day after it was announced the office was set to close after the 2012 grassfire season, Mr Dempsey said the job cuts had been announced by mistake and he had not signed off on the proposed closures.

He said he would not sign off on any cuts until the completion of the review, which is set to be finalised by the end of February, 2013.



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