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ESA let’s it be known they’re pinching pennies

By johnboy - 31 May 2013 4

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.

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.

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4 Responses to
ESA let’s it be known they’re pinching pennies
CrankyGit 10:46 am 01 Jun 13

I would’ve expected them to hire more managers, that seems to be what happens elsewhere in the ACT Government…

“We need to save money! We’ll have to start by hiring a SOGB Budget Savings Manager!”

taninaus 8:33 am 01 Jun 13

so we can expect to see some industrial action from the emergency services personnel as they have ‘lost’ their ‘entitlements’ (I love our emergency personnel but what gets raised by the union at times in the past has been well beyond what the rest of us get at work)

knuckles 10:01 pm 31 May 13

because removing the cheap quality tea and coffee is apparently going to put the ACT budget in the black.

“These include ceasing the provision of paid car parking and tea, coffee and milk,” Mr Lane wrote.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/emergency-services-on-savings-drive-20130531-2ngsw.html#ixzz2Us3jKUPg

davo101 3:32 pm 31 May 13

which does make one wonder why they didn’t do that before…

I think you need to learn weasel. Note that they don’t specify any KPI’s. For example: yes, we can respond to a fire (however the average wait will now be 20 minutes rather than 10, sorry……).

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