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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Palaszczuk Government announces $1.8 million funding boost for emergency services cadets

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Saturday, July 14, 2018

    Palaszczuk Government announces $1.8 million funding boost for emergency services cadets

    The Palaszczuk Government has struck a new agreement to continue funding the Emergency Services Cadets Program (ESCP) and help build the next generation of fire and emergency service personnel and community volunteers.

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford announced the $1.8 funding boost while opening the 2018 Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Games in Townsville today (Saturday).

    Mr Crawford said the funding would deliver accredited training over the next three years - and 11 new ESCP units statewide.

    “The future is bright for Queensland’s ability to plan, prepare, respond and recover from disasters – even more so now, with this new funding to bankroll a significant expansion of the program, with the number of ESCP units to be boosted from 14 to 25," Mr Crawford said.

    “The program instils in young people a passion for volunteering, provides practical training and may act as a springboard for those who want to pursue a career in fire and emergency services."

    The ESCP is aimed at people aged between 12 to 17 years who want to volunteer, help their community and learn emergency response and leadership skills. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) funds the program through a service agreement with the Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland.

    The Queensland Government has funded this program since day one, and the Palaszczuk Government’s latest investment takes the total spend to more than $3.1 million since 2014.

    “This new service agreement with PCYC Queensland represents the greatest level of funding to the ESCP since its inception and demonstrates our government’s commitment to growing the program,” Mr Crawford said.

    “The program has more than 600 members on its books, with 204 of those joining in the 2017-2018 financial year -which is testament to the hard work of all those dedicated to making the ESCP so successful in such a short period of time.”

    Member for Mundingburra Coralee O’Rourke said the annual Emergency Services Cadets Games, which the ESCP runs, were also growing in popularity.

    “The event is held twice a year and pits cadets from multiple disciplines against each other in a day of friendly competition,” she said.

    “More than 1,500 volunteers and 108 cadets took part in the Brisbane component of the Games on June 30, and I can see the Townsville instalment of the event will be just as rewarding for those taking part.”

    QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said QFES would work with PCYC Queensland to identify potential locations for the 11 new cadet units.

    “QFES has been committed to this program since 2014, and the ESCP has gone from strength to strength in that time,” Ms Carroll said.

    “We are working with the PCYC Queensland to support existing units and spread the reach of the program into new communities to ensure we can give children a great start in life.

    “It changes lives for the better, with cadets reporting higher levels of self-confidence, increased rates of secure employment and greater engagement with family and school.”

    PCYC Queensland Chief Executive Officer Phil Schultz said he was pleased to further the organisation’s partnership with QFES.

    “PCYC Queensland is proud to deliver the ESCP and is looking forward to continuing to grow this important partnership,” Mr Schultz said.

    “The program delivered 129 community projects last financial year, equating to more than 5,300 hours of community volunteering and this year will be even more.

    “Together we are building safer, healthier communities through youth development.”

    Background information

    • There are currently ESCP cadet units based at Biggenden, Bowen, Childers, Cooroora (formerly known as Pomona), Hervey Bay, Hughenden, Mackay, Queensland Police Service Academy Oxley, Redland City, St Laurence’s College, Tara, Toowoomba, Torres Shire and Wolffdene.
    • The ESCP also receives in-kind (non-financial) support from QFES, the Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, Australian Red Cross, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and Marine Rescue Queensland.
    • Emergency Services Cadets Games involves cadets from the ESCP, Rural Fire Service, Australian Defence Force (ADF), Military (separate from the ADF) and Surf Life Saving Queensland competing in a number of challenges to claim the title of Ultimate Cadet Crew.

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