Legislative Council: Tuesday, October 17, 2023


Country Fire Service Volunteers

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().13 September 2023).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services has advised:

1. Approximately 90 CFS stations do not have internal toilet facilities. Several brigades have access to toilets in adjacent community facilities. Most of the stations now operated by the CFS were first built by councils before transferring to state government ownership in the 1990s.

2. The vast majority of the 425 CFS stations across the state have private spaces within the facilities that can be accessed by members. In addition, several brigades have access to adjacent community facilities with private spaces. All new station designs and builds are done in consultation with brigades and seek to reflect their input and needs.

3. CFS has embedded programs, both capital and facility renew, that provide an ability to effectively plan and invest in CFS facilities and is forecast to invest $12 million on these measures over the next four years. CFS has a risk approach to the planning of those programs, safety being the number one focus. CFS is committed to providing a safe and fit for purpose environment for all members, and aligns its decision-making to legislative requirements, industry standards and service provision needs.