The Hodgman Liberal Government values the contribution of our Emergency Services Volunteers. If re-elected, we will provide easier access to equipment for brigades, higher level training opportunities and improve their safety while at work.
A re-elected Hodgman majority Liberal Government will provide the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) with a $2 million fund for the next term of Government to allow all Volunteer Units to apply for equipment upgrades. This could include applications for new pumps, floodlights or equipment to improve the amenity of volunteer stations.
In addition, we will offer firefighting volunteers with an opportunity to be trained in the specialist skills required for service in our Remote Area Teams.
Selected volunteers from around the State will undergo helicopter insertion training and firefighting skills in this specialised field. The training will be undertaken by the TFS and will fill the identified need for more firefighters with these skills in Tasmania.
To ensure our Emergency Service workers are kept safe on the roads, we will also amend road laws in Tasmania to make it an offence to travel past an Emergency Services vehicle parked on a roadside with lights flashing, at speeds higher than 40km/h.
In recent discussions with our Emergency Service Associations the need to improve the safety of our emergency services personnel in these situations has been highlighted.
Our plan demonstrates that the Hodgman Liberal Government is firmly committed to the safety of our Emergency Service workers and to the wider community.
The full policy can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/SupportingEmergencyVolunteers