CODE 2, VOL 36, NO 11 : 23 june 2022


For some time, Station officers and Roster Officers in all regions have been reporting their concerns with the way the business is managing day work roles (too many day work roles, poorly managed rotation processes and cherry picking has a significant effect on availability of operational SO’s to crew appliances). These reports suggest the number of day work roles is excessive and this is having a detrimental effect on safe and full crewing in all regions.

This is another example of how far QFES has slipped in the way it thinks about running an operational Fire and Rescue service, (hint: focus on firefighters, in fire trucks at fire stations first, then work out how many more Station Officers you need to work in a reduced number of day work roles).

Your union has been in discussions about the number of day workers and maximising the number of Fireys and SO’s available to crew appliances.

Your union will continue to work to minimise unnecessary day work roles and maximise full crewing on all appliances. We all know there is an ongoing need for day work roles for various reasons, but we also all know there’s plenty of opportunity to adjust the way day work operates across some parts of QFRS and I’ll keep you updated as we try to realign the QFRS priorities back to operations.

John Oliver - General Secretary

Authorised by John Oliver General Secretary 
United Firefighters' Union of Australia, Union of Employees QLD