Thor­ough re­view into bush­fires

Central and North Rural Weekly - - RURAL WEEKLY -

A RE­VIEW will be con­ducted into Queens­land’s emer­gency re­sponse to the Septem­ber bush­fires that have af­fected large parts of South­east Queens­land.

Min­is­ter for Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, Craig Craw­ford, has re­quested the in­spec­tor­gen­eral emer­gency man­age­ment un­der­take a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion, to en­sure best prac­tice was fol­lowed and to high­light any ar­eas where pos­si­ble im­prove­ments could be made. “What we have seen since Septem­ber 5 is a fright­en­ing, early start to the 2019 bush­fire sea­son — some of the worst bush­fires in 130 years.

“I ex­tend grat­i­tude to our Queens­land fireys, emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel, po­lice, vol­un­teers and ev­ery­day Queens­lan­ders al­ways roll up their sleeves through our state’s dark­est times.

“Hav­ing had more than 1400 ac­tive bush­fires burn across the state in un­der two weeks is quite sim­ply ex­tra­or­di­nary. “We can be in no doubt about the pos­si­ble sever­ity of this year’s con­tin­u­ing bush­fire sea­son.”

Pic­ture: LACHIE MIL­LARD

A re­view will as­sess the state’s re­sponse to this month’s dev­as­tat­ing fires.

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