The ABC is reporting changes at the top level in both Queensland and South Australian emergency services.
The Commissioner of Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Service, Lee Johnson is to take immediate leave to be replaced by Police assistant commissioner Katarina Carroll as interim fire commissioner. The move follows a report that found the QFES ‘is a hostile workplace for women and is ill-equipped to deal with accusation of sexual harassment and bullying’ (‘Queensland Fire and Emergency Service a hostile workplace for women, report finds’ ABC Online 19 December 2014)
In South Australia, the chief executive positions for the State Emergency Service, Metropolitan Fire Service, Country Fire Service and marine rescue operations are to abolished and replaced with a commissioner who will lead all of South Australia’s emergency services. According to the report, agencies are to retain their individual identities but ‘back room’ functions will be consolidated (‘Sole commissioner to lead SA emergency services after positions scrapped’ ABC Online, 19 December 2014).