Supporting Queensland's Firefighters
In the past decade, Queensland was impacted by more than 80 significant natural disaster events that resulted in the loss of life and more than $15 billion in damage to public infrastructure. Cyclones, severe storms, flooding and storm surges, through to drought, heatwaves and bushfires are a way of life, and are becoming more prevalent and more significant as a result of growing populations and cities, and climate change.
In 2019, Queensland experienced the worst bushfire season on record, with 7.7 million hectares scorched across the state, putting lives at risk, destroying homes and businesses. Last season alone, we had catastrophic bushfires in Central Queensland followed by unprecedented flooding in North Queensland and across drought affected areas one month later.
A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will continue to bolster the capacity of our frontline emergency response services by increasing firefighters across Queensland, with $86.26 million to support an additional 357 frontline firefighters over the next five years.
Our priority is keeping Queenslanders safe and protecting our valuable environment from natural disasters. Additional firefighters will support the delivery of dedicated crews on special appliances like BA HAZMATs; greater rostering flexibility, and world-class training through permanent training instructors and development officers for the School of Fire and Emergency Services Training.