News

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.

Topics:  emergency services, jack dempsey




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

10 things to do in Ipswich this weekend

WINTER HARVEST: Local farmers Dave Goffman, Tony Gibb and Nick Gibb from Gibb Brothers in Peak Crossing.

Explore the region after making your vote

Shayne in front on election eve

SHOWDOWN: Labor’s Blair MP Shayne Neumann and LNP candidate Teresa Harding. Only one of them will be smiling tonight.

Blair closest as bookies declare Oxley and Wright

Doctors support ALP on health and Medicare

DOCTORS’ FRIEND: An overwhelming number of GPs have backed the health and Medicare policies of the ALP’s leader Bill Shorten over those of the LNP.

Doctors surveyed in a recent poll say they will support ALP policies

Latest deals and offers

Junior trio prepare for first cage fight

Real Life MMA fighters Brook Boetje, 9, Hunter Williamson, 10, and Sophie White, 11, prepare for their first ever cage fight.

Real Life MMA fighters Brook Boetje, 9, Hunter Williamson, 10, and Sophie White...

V8 drivers hit Willowbank

James Courtney and Mick Doohan at the 2016 Australian Kart Championship at Willowbank.

V8 drivers James Courtney and Mick Doohan spectated at Willowbank's Australian Kart...

Robbery CCTV

Night Owl Redbank Plains was held up at knife point overnight.

CCTV footage of robbery overnight at Night Owl Redbank Plains.

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four