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By lemaChet - 16 March 2007 89

[First filed: March 15, 2007 @ 20:20]

Scores of ACT Rural firies resigned today.

40 vehicles and 100s of fire fighters resigned in protest against the restructure of the Emergency Services department.

And how lame does Corbell look in that Emergency Services Jacket. Looks clearly like a media grab for me.

(PS – i stole this, mostly word for word, from WIN news)

vote +1 for the guy who said he’d happily be a volunteer, but would not serve under the current infrastructure.

(My wording may need to be cleared up a bit, it’s not entirely what I mean to say. Sorry about that)

[Ed – Louise sent in this story as well, here are her words]:

That’s the reason I’m quitting, if the community doesn’t care about it and the politicians don’t care enough about it

The report of a mass resignation got a bit buried in assembly politics. But the real news is that the ACT seems to have few, if any, remaining volunteer fire captains. They’ve all resigned. This follows hot in the tracks of the resignation of top fire official, competent bloke and all-round good guy David Prince.

Problem is, the community does care about it, but the govt. can’t seem to work out how out-of-touch it really is.

Other problem, is the fire captains chucked all their keys in a bucket. They are, I am told, not labelled at all. So some poor person had to go through and match keys to trucks. I wonder how long that took?

[ED: we had held off on the Prince resignation as there was no clear sign as to the truth of his reasons for quitting. This mass resignation suggests that Simon’s “Everything is OK” line was, at best, poorly informed.]

UPDATED: Here’s the astonishing footage (from both WIN and the ABC) of this mass insurrection by the volunteer workers against being taken for granted, if you missed it last night the images will amaze you:

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times has more on this.

FURTHE UPDATE: Thanks to plane for the heads up, the Woden SES unit has pictures of the protest on their own web page (complete with ACT Government logo).

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89 Responses to
Fireys quit
Ingeegoodbee 10:02 pm 15 Mar 07

Really hundreds – ABC reported about 30 but hey, lets split the difference … in all honesty, this is a good thing for Canberran’s.

Gregor Manson, doesn’t muck about, and he’s had long enough in the job to pick the wheat from the chaff. This is a classic and effective management approach called “Lead, Follow or Get out of the way”. The RFS needs good people who want to be good firefighters, not useless idiots who want to sprout off about how little they know about organisational management, or are too interested in protecting their own little fiefdoms.

By resigning, these people have done us all a favour by clearly stating that they are incapable of playing an effective role in being part of the solution – what they want us all to know is that they’re more interested in grandstanding than protecting Canberran’s. With any luck, once the new structure is implemented (in whatever format that may be) we can all rest assured that the rancid mucus has been well and truly wiped from the bottom of the boot and that all of the people out on the front line will know what the role is and deliver the magnificent services that the RFS is renowned for.

[How’s that for sanitised JB – good enough for your big advertising buy blue rinse set?]

smokey4 9:56 pm 15 Mar 07

Fairly predictable after the stress of a bad season with polies still playing games. They forget that volunteers give up their own time and risk their lives in unpredictable situations. Totally misread by Corbell and Stanhopeless but whats new.

J Dawg 9:48 pm 15 Mar 07

I’ve gotta say, if the volunteer bushfire organisations are being staffed by people who don’t label the keys to the fire truck, i’m very worried.

That could be because the keys spend most of the time in the actual firetruck.

Sammy 9:48 pm 15 Mar 07

Is thumper RFS or SES (or neither)?

Hasdrubahl 9:47 pm 15 Mar 07

He’d have looked better in the matching pants.

andy 9:46 pm 15 Mar 07

i’m waiting for …. uh.. the dudes name who i can’t remember.. that posts here quite often.. to give his viewpoint.. (the one who wrote that really pretty piece about the 01 fires)

J Dawg 9:45 pm 15 Mar 07

It’s not just the structure changes, this is an ongoing issue with the current government. Other issues, the most recent coming to mind is the ESA taking money away from RFS brigades, have built up, and this restructure (also meaning the RFS loses a paid staff member, something they don’t have many of) is the final straw.

Sammy 9:42 pm 15 Mar 07

how lame does Corbell look in that Emergency Services Jacket

I believe Corbell is a member of Rivers brigade. That gives him a legitimate reason to wear it. Having said that, I agree that he looked stupid wearing it.

Sammy 9:41 pm 15 Mar 07

They are, I am told, not labelled at all

So is this a typical thing?

I’ve gotta say, if the volunteer bushfire organisations are being staffed by people who don’t label the keys to the fire truck, i’m very worried.

Ingeegoodbee 9:40 pm 15 Mar 07

Who cares what they think – they’ve pretty clearly stated that they couldn’t be arsed being part of the solution – they resigned are are forthwith irrelevant to the issue

bigred 9:35 pm 15 Mar 07

This is very disturbing because the whole success of bushfire fighting relies on the goodwill of the volunteers. Once the goodwill is lost, it will be very hard to get it back. Even more disturbing because I thought Simon was one of them.

In many years of involvement in bush fire fighting (not in ACT) I have seen lots of disputes over command structures but the guys have always stayed because they wanted to do their best for their communities. I am thinking these guys think the new structure/arrangements are untenable.

Pandy 9:18 pm 15 Mar 07

All we need is a fiddler.

I can attest that certain govco minister are arrogant son-of-bithces. all they care about is photo opps. They dont really care what the citizenry think: I am talking about you John, Jon and Simon. Frack-it!

Can’t be bothered with the frack-turds right now.

Ingeegoodbee 9:17 pm 15 Mar 07

Really hundreds – ABC reported about 30 but hey, lets split the difference … in all honesty, this is a good thing for Canberran’s.

Gregor Manson, doesn’t fuck about, and he’s had long enough in the job to pick the wheat from the chaff. This is a classic and effective management approach called “Lead, Follow or Get out of the way”. The RFS needs good people who want to be good firefighters, not shit-bags who want to sprout off about how little they know about organisational management or are too interested in protecting their own little fiefdoms.

By resigning, these people have done us all a favour by clearly stating that they are incapable of playing an effective role in being part of the solution – what they want us all to know is that they’re more interested in grandstanding than protecting Canberran’s. With any luck, once the new structure is implemented (in whatever format that may be) we can all rest assured that the shit has been well and truly wiped from the bottom of the boot and that all of the people out on the front line will know what the role is and deliver the magnificent services that the RFS is renowned for.

cranky 9:07 pm 15 Mar 07

A chasm has developed between the Government and citizenry of the ACT.
Every Government decision is based on cost cutting (where the hell has the money gone?), and is foisted, poorly explained, onto the ratepayers.
The concept/actuality of cabinet solidarity is causing enormous harm, as this crowd are appearing totally unaccountable. Don’t any of them have the intestinal fortitude to stand up and question this arrogance? I am singling out Gentleman and that other woman. Are they along for the freeby ride of being in government with no responsibility? They apparently don’t expect to continue their career beyond the next election.
The Firies are certainly voting with their feet, but it would help if they could articulate their concerns to us minions so we could better adjudge the situation.
The ratepayers do not appear to have any avenue of short-circuiting this maladministration. We are left with no bush fire fighting capabilities at the moment, with Simon apparently unconcerned.
Just who would support this bunch? Can we pull them up short and give them the flick? They are apparently complicit in placing the Territory in danger of fires, with the saving of money their only concern.

DavidM 8:58 pm 15 Mar 07

40 vehicles and 100s of fire fighters resigned in protest

Vehicles can’t resign. But I take your point.

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