The Emergency Services Agency is letting it be known they’re looking for savings without reducing the safety of the community.
Which does make one wonder why they didn’t do that before…
The ESA is required to contribute to this target and has been working toward identifying strategies to be implemented, which will reduce costs of operation and contribute to the budget savings.
The ESA is a complex organisation, its size and co-location of functions provides an opportunity for me, as the Commissioner, to consider how the Services work in an innovative and prudent way.
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The capability of ESA to undertake its role in protecting the ACT community will not be affected by these strategies.
As ESA Commissioner, I will examine a range of areas including aligning current practices with the broader public sector.
Be assured that the strategies will not involve a reduction in response capability of the ESA to the ACT community and will be the subject of consultation with employee representatives who cover the ESA workforce.