Emergency Services within Queensland, comprising ambulance, fire and counter disaster, has a long and proud history.
This service to the community is underpinned by the dedication and commitment of the many staff and volunteers who make up the workforce.
The Queensland Ambulance Service celebrated its centenary in 1992. Until 1991, the service had existed as a series of ambulance transport brigades run by 96 separate Local Ambulance Committees. The Queensland Ambulance Service was fully incorporated into the then Bureau of Emergency Services in July 1991 following the tabling of the first report of the All-Party Parliamentary Select Committee of Inquiry into Ambulance Services. Following a review in 1996, the Queensland Ambulance Service was established as a statutory authority. The Local Ambulance Committees now play a very important role providing advice and funds to support the operation of their local ambulance service.
The fire services of Queensland were provided through 81 local Fire Brigade Boards until 1990 with the urban and rural services operating as separate organisations. In 1990, the Fire Services Act was proclaimed replacing the boards and creating a single statewide Queensland Fire Service incorporating the Rural Fire Division. Following a review of the Queensland Fire Service in 1996, it was established as a statutory authority and renamed Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority.
The amalgamation of the various bodies into Queensland Ambulance Service and what is now Queensland Fire and Rescue Authority provided a platform for integrated services across the State. It ensured that variations in the standard and level of service to the community were reduced or eliminated.
The Emergency Services Legislation Amendment Act 1998 established the Emergency Services Advisory Council to provide advice to the Minister on the extent to which current service delivery satisfies community needs. The Emergency Services Advisory Council includes representatives from major stakeholder groups such as the Local Government Association of Queensland, relevant major unions, Local Ambulance Committees, business communities, universities and the rural sector.
We have come a long way. Click here to go to the Community page and take control of an interactive scrolling timeline showcasing photos of the Emergency Services' involvement in the community - right back to the 1800s!
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