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Obsolete technology is blinding the Rural Fire Service - SMH 09/01/2020

Obsolete technology is blinding the Rural Fire Service - SMH 09/01/2020

Everyone is discussing how to help the Rural Fire Service (RFS). Perhaps the best place to start is with the current communication and computing equipment. It is obsolete and presents serious problems both for a brigade and its fire control centre, which will only get worse as fires get more frequent, larger and more complex. This applies to all phases of a callout. https://www.smh.com.au/national/obsolete-technology-is-blinding-the-rural-fire-service-20200108-p53pps.html

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Firefighters demand national royal commission amid claims of red tape hampering volunteers - ABC 08/01/2020

Firefighters demand national royal commission amid claims of red tape hampering volunteers - ABC 08/01/2020

Firefighting associations are claiming more than 7,000 people are stuck in a backlog trying to rejoin volunteer firefighting efforts in New South Wales, as professional and volunteer firefighter associations demand an urgent royal commission into the unfolding bushfire crisis. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-08/firefighting-associations-demand-national-royal-commission/11852180?pfmredir=sm

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Firefighting associations call for federal royal commission into deadly bushfire crisis - 9 News 8/1/20

Firefighting associations call for federal royal commission into deadly bushfire crisis - 9 News 8/1/20

Firefighting associations across Australia are calling for a federal royal commission into the deadly bushfire crisis currently gripping Australia. Association secretaries from NSW, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia have called for urgent action which crosses state lines and provides more resources across the board. "There has been a complete failure federally to coordinate activity across various jurisdictions," Stewart Little, General Secretary of Public Service…

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Community Services Centre closure will affect 'vulnerable children and families' - Southern Highland News 10/12/19

Community Services Centre closure will affect 'vulnerable children and families' - Southern Highland News 10/12/19

Community Services Centre closure will affect 'vulnerable children and families' Some of the state's most vulnerable children and families will be affected by the closure of Bowral's Community Services Centre. It is understood Public Service Association (PSA) members have been advised of the plan and have made preparations to relocate services to Campbelltown. The move has raised concerns among staff about how much further their…

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ICAC WARNS OF “DEVASTATING” FUNDING ISSUES - Australian Associated Press 09/12/19

ICAC WARNS OF “DEVASTATING” FUNDING ISSUES - Australian Associated Press 09/12/19

ICAC WARNS OF “DEVASTATING” FUNDING ISSUES The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption says it may have to cut about a quarter of its staff to make $4.7 million in savings in 2020-21. The watchdog warns it would have an "immediate and devastating effect" on its ability to fight corruption. In a submission to a NSW parliamentary inquiry, the commission last month said it would have…

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