[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).