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Australia: Under new Volunteer Fire Rules not who Clear Calls Shots on a Fire

By Erin Semmier, ABC.net:

In July, the state’s Inspector-General for Emergency Management released an independent review into the handling of major bushfires there in late 2018.

The report made 37 recommendations, with most focusing on communication concerns with landowners who were unsure of what they could or couldn’t do to protect their properties.

But the restructure of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) toward a more regionally-based approach continues to cause angst among some landholders.

The state has 18 Rural Fire Service area offices housing paid staff who support 1,414 brigades.

Some volunteer brigades are more active than others; when a local brigade requests support, personnel in an area office send another brigade to help.

Central Queensland primary producer Rowan Peart said it was great to have the extra hands, however new problems had been created.

“It’s gone from a situation where everyone knows their place and knows what to do and gets straight into it … now we have to question who’s in charge, what we’re allowed to do, and what ramifications our actions are going to have,” he said.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Rowan Peart

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