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Review into emergency responses and potential improvements

A $500,000 review into the inner-workings of Queensland's emergency services will delve into double-ups across departments.

Despite the hefty cost at a time when the State Government is penny-pinching, Police and Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey is confident it will be money well spent.

The review will look at how the Queensland Police Service, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance Service, Emergency Management Queensland and Corrective Services respond to emergencies and potential improvements.

Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty, well-known for his work with the Bali bombings aftermath, as been appointed to head the review and produce his results by mid-next year.

Mr Keelty will also look into inter-agency co-operation and organisational structures within each agency.

Mr Dempsey said the review would save money in the long run.

"We have not seen this type of review in a generation," he said.

"Whilst we are very happy with the services we have got now we have to continue going forward in relation to having the best police and the best emergency services.

"By doing this we are putting this money towards this review I have no doubt it will save us many millions of dollars in the future."

Mr Keelty said he would not be looking for jobs to cut but capital infrastructure where there was duplication across some services.

"For example there is an air wing in almost each of these agencies, there are academies in almost each of these agencies ..." he said.

"There are opportunities here to look at how the inter-agency operability operates, what is best practice ..."

It comes shortly after new Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart launched an internal review into the police service.

Mr Stewart is adamant the two reviews will only compliment each other, not duplicate.

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