Double speak, or no idea, from Mr Corbell?

Thumper 13 November 2006 9

This may have escaped a few readers attention, but in Sunday’s CT we had Simon Corbell telling all and sundry that another 300 volunteer rural bush firefighters are needed.

And yet, in the usual style of this government, we had another article, side by side to the above article, where the government was claiming that the ACT was not short of volunteer firies.

Well Mr Corbell, which is it? According to you the RFS is operating at roughly 50% capacity.

And yet you go to great pains to sooth everybody by saying we are not short of RFS members?

Sorry if I am confused.

And by the way, a little matter of some questions that were forwarded to you? Surely it can’t be that hard to answer? Or is you fragile ego unable to cope with such questions?

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9 Responses to Double speak, or no idea, from Mr Corbell?
CouldExpire CouldExpire 8:53 am 14 Nov 06

I reckon his RFS certificate is way passed its use by date!

cranky cranky 10:38 pm 13 Nov 06

Val Jeffries seems to have spoken sense for a long, long time.
There appears to be a thought process within the ESB et al that they are far more knowledgable, because they can factor in the Government’s liability if and when the wheels come off. Common sense takes a very distant back seat.
Corbell, listen to what Val Jeffries has to say. He’s a bloody sight more realistic than your pubes! Find a balance between common sense and your hypothetical liabilities.

Pandy Pandy 9:44 pm 13 Nov 06

Val Jefferies says it now takes 10 months to train a volunteer compared to 2 months. He had 24 recruits at the beginning of the year and only one will stay in the brigade.

The new system is just shitting people off. Do you hear that Corbell? BTW how current is your RFS certificate?

CouldExpire CouldExpire 4:14 pm 13 Nov 06

well if he was… how quickly he has forgotten what its all about 🙁

evee evee 3:55 pm 13 Nov 06

I’m not sure if he still is but at one time Mr Corbell was a volunteer firefighter. You would think he would know, and take some kind of special interest.

CouldExpire CouldExpire 3:29 pm 13 Nov 06

Its just plain scary… After 2003 you’d think they would have it all together and enough vols enlisted.
Obviously they havent learn a thing! Maybe the big wigs should try less politics and let the volunteers get on with job they signed up for!
Retension might not be such a big issue then!

seepi seepi 11:04 am 13 Nov 06

That headline sums up Corbell!
I’m never quite sure when it comes to his decisions.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:00 am 13 Nov 06

One comment before medication, the other after medication?

smokey2 smokey2 9:53 am 13 Nov 06

Recruiting the vols is one thing. Making good use of them requires good management and planning. A couple of quiet years in the ACT will see experience soon disappear. To be part of the national picture requires budget and motivation in the organisation not stagnation and penny pinching. The ability to turn out at least one strike team (5 trucks plus a commander) at short notice to support interstate opperations when required is a mandatory requirement to supplement training and volunteer retension.

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