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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister announces review into state’s marine rescue organisations

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister announces review into state’s marine rescue organisations

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Thursday) announced he had asked QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll to review the operations of the state’s marine rescue organisations.

    Mr Crawford said Ms Carroll had agreed to his request to “ensure Queenslanders continued to receive the best service possible’’ from the volunteer organisations.

    “Along with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), I value the contribution of the thousands of volunteers in the Marine Rescue environment, and I am committed to supporting the people who provide these valuable services to the community,” Mr Crawford said.

    “I have visited marine rescue bases up and down the coast, and volunteers have raised some very complex issues affecting service delivery in these locations.

    “These issues have also been identified by both Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland.

    “The Queensland Volunteer Marine Rescue Committee recently identified the potential need for a review of marine rescue in Queensland.

    “Given those issues, I am of the view that there is scope for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in the Queensland marine rescue environment.

    “I want to ensure funding provided for blue water rescue services is delivering value to the Queensland community, and Commissioner Carroll shares my view that it’s now time for an across-the-board review.

    “I believe the most critical aspect of this state-wide review, will be for QFES to speak with volunteers in these marine rescue units, and get a real feel for what is going on,” he said.

    QFES supports marine rescue organisations Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) and Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland (VMRAQ) through service level agreements, which are due to expire on June 30, 2019.

    Under these agreements, QFES annually provides AVCGA with $1.5 million, and VMRAQ with $1.7 million. There are 21 Coastguard, and 26 VMR locations across Queensland.

    “The review of marine rescue services will be completed prior to negotiations for new service agreements (June next year),” Mr Crawford said.

    “I want to reiterate how much this Government values the services provided by marine rescue volunteers, from Coolangatta to Cape York.

    “Their contribution is very much appreciated, and we look forward to continuing to support them in their crucial role of protecting Queenslanders,” he said.

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